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In an interview with TVN 24, the Deputy Justice Minister and member of the radical government faction United Poland, Michał Woś, said that his party colleague Michał Wójcik is working on a bill banning "LGBT propaganda activities".
- In your opinion, should Poland follow Russia or Hungary in introducing a statutory ban on the so-called promotion of homosexuality (...) and gender change- the interviewer, Piotr Marciniak, asked Mr Woś.
"The ban on gender change, that's what Mr Wójcik is working on in his capacity as a minister at the Prime Minister's Chancellery," – Mr Woś replied. – Is he working on a bill banning gender change? – the host inquired.
- No, he is working on a ban related to promotional and propaganda activities of LGBT groups, but you really need to ask minister Wójcik himself about the details- the deputy minister replied.
Later, minister Woś took to Twitter and quoted Michał Wójcik's post from March. In it, Mr Wójcik wrote that "the ban on adoption by same-sex couples is just a prelude". He was referring to the main points of a bill banning adoption by same-sex couples he helped to draft.
Wójcik: there won’t be a bill modeled after the Hungarian one
The statement of minister Woś and his subsequent Twitter post might indicate that politicians from United Poland are seeking to prepare a bill modeled after the one recently adopted by the Hungarian Parliament, which prohibits "promotion of homosexuality and gender change".
Among other things, the Hungarian legislation states that sex education classes in schools may not "promote" homosexuality and transsexuality. Other than educators, such classes can only be carried out by individuals and organizations listed in an official register and have been approved by the ministry.
However, referring to Mr Woś's statement in an interview with TVN 24, Michał Wójcik dismissed the information that he is in the process of preparing a bill similar to the one introduced in Hungary.
- I’m not exactly sure what minister Woś said. On Twitter, it seems that he was referring to legislation I have already presented, namely the draft ban on adopting children by same-sex couples - he replied.
- As far as gender change is concerned, the law in Poland is clear. (...) In this respect, I do not anticipate any changes, I am not working on such regulations - assured Mr Wójcik.
Yet, the minister also mentioned a bill banning the use of gender-neutral language in public space, which apparently is underway.
- The work is in progress, but the issue of gender-neutral language still requires discussion. The idea is that no one should replace the words "mom" and "dad" in public spaces with the words "parent number 1", "parent number 2". We already have this kind of weirdness in the European Union, in the European Parliament. (...) Nobody will convince me that this is normal- said the deputy-chairman of United Poland.
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