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Poland Rejects Draft Laws for Unmarried Couples

Friday Jan 25, 2013

Poland's lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex ones.

Before the vote Friday Prime Minister Donald Tusk appealed to the lawmakers to turn the drafts into law and make the lives of "many Poles, also homosexual, more dignified."

The draft laws were intended to guarantee inheritance, access to information about the partner's health, and alimony.

The lower house, or Sejm, voted against all the drafts, one of which came from Tusk's ruling center-liberal Civic Platform party. Its failure came as a surprise, as it was believed acceptable to mostly Catholic Poles.

The other drafts came from the Democratic Left Alliance and from the pro-gay-rights Palikot's Movement.

Proponents can bring further drafts to Parliament.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-01-28 20:04:41

    This is hardly a surprise given the power of the Roman Catholic Church in that country, but frankly, the only acceptable laws for LGBT people there or here must be TOTAL EQUALITY. We demand no special rights and accept nothing less than equality.

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