Saturday, May 14, 2011

Poland to allow homosexuals to ‘marry’ abroad

by Rebecca Millette

WARSAW, Poland, May 12, 2011 ( – Polish registry offices announced recently that the Ministry of Interior would issue new certificates that will effectively allow homosexual couples to “marry” outside the country; however, homosexual “marriages” will still not be recognized within Poland.

Polish registry offices issue a type of certificate that is required by all couples intending to marry outside the country.  The application currently requires identification of both future spouses and, until now, offices could refuse to issue the certificate to same-sex couples.

With the new certificate, identification of the future spouse is not required, effectively permitting same-sex couples to apply and “marry” in other European countries, such as the UK, Spain, and the Netherlands, where gay “marriage” is legal. 

“Work is already underway and there will be a new type of certificate without the section concerning future spouses,” Ministry spokeswoman Małgorzata Woźniak told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.
Representatives from the pro-gay “marriage” group “Campaign Against Homophobia,” say many homosexuals have been refused the certificate in the past.

Meanwhile, a study released last month, prepared by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick, Dr. Beate Küpper and Andreas Hövermann for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s “Project on Combating Right-wing Extremism,” indicates that the vast majority of Poles reject gay “marriage” and believe homosexuality is morally wrong.

In 2008 the study researchers interviewed representative samples of 1,000 persons over 16 years-of-age in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Hungary, Italy, Germany, and Portugal on homosexuality and other controversial views.

The study found that over 88 percent of Polish respondents said they oppose same-sex “marriage.”  More than 75 percent also said they believe homosexuality is immoral.

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