By Sarah Keane • 15 March 2021 • 10:43
Poland To Ban Gay Single Parents From Adopting
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POLAND to ban gay single parents from adopting under new law
The Polish government announced its intention on Thursday, March 11 to ban gay people from adopting, even as single parents. Several years ago the country put a stop to same-sex couples adopting children, but people were able to get around this rule by applying as a single person. Now, the nationalist ruling party, which has used anti-gay policies as the cornerstone of its governing principles, plans to implement the ban based on concerns about the “safety and well-being” of children.
“We are preparing a change where people living in cohabitation with a person of the same sex could not adopt a child, so a homosexual couple will not be able to adopt a child,” said Deputy Justice Minister Michal Wojcik.
“It’s about a child’s safety, about its well-being,” he said.
The news has unsurprisingly enraged LGTB activists, and somewhat inopportunely the announcement was made on the same day the European Parliament reaffirmed its commitment to gay rights by declaring the EU an “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone.”
“LGBTIQ rights are human rights,” it reiterated.
“You really have to be a mean human being to deny children a home, whether that would be in a same-sex or heterosexual couple. Children deserve a home,” activist Bartosz Staszewski told Reuters.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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