Constitution should forbid adoption by same-sex couples: President Duda

Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed an amendment to the Polish constitution forbidding a child adoption by a person in a same-sex relationship, the head of state announced on Saturday during an election rally in Szczawno-Zdrój, south-west Poland.

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“The Polish constitution should include an entry saying that it is forbidden to adopt a child by a person who lives in a single-sex relationship. On Monday, I will sign a document with a presidential draft of the amendment to the constitution,” the President who is running for the second term declared on Saturday.

“A child should be particularly protected, the current entries in the constitution say that, but – in this aspect – they should be refined. Children that are deprived of parental authority need special protection,” he added.

In the opinion of the Polish President, an entry forbidding adoption by a person in a same-sex relationship should be introduced in the Constitution, “because this is the state’s responsibility who this child is entrusted to be raised.”

The amendment of the Constitution in Poland requires the approval of as much as 2/3 of the lower house of the parliament during the presence of at least half of the statutory number of MPs (460).

Main rival agrees

“I am against the adoption of children by same-sex couples. I agree with the incumbent President on that,” Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw and the rival of Mr Duda in the upcoming second round of the elections said on Saturday.

“I believe that this is the statement of the majority of the Polish political parties... There is no serious mainstream politician who took part in this race [elections] who would agree to such adoption. As usual, Mr President deals with a red herring,” he said.