Despite slowly working towards a measure, disagreements have been many and party factions have not been able to come to a consensus on how to implement it. This week Mr Tusk said civil unions legislation could not be rushed, and expressed concern that the legislation would have to be properly worded, in order to fit with Poland s constitution. The Polish constitution protects opposite-sex marriage, and some have interpreted this as meaning that same-sex unions could not be legalised.
The worst thing that could happen would be a bill that the Constitutional Tribunal found unconstitutional, he said. Today I don t see any chances for a majority to be found in the Sejm over the next 10-15 years that would want radical solutions. I would like to live in a country where all differences enjoy respect expressed in the law, but I have to be responsible for the legal and social effects, he continued.
Last week, Poland s first gay MP Robert Biedron, who was elected to parliament in 2011, was attacked after he had attended the Warsaw Equality Parade on Saturday. Earlier this year the former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, remarked that gay politicians should be made to sit behind a wall in parliament. Mr Biedron is a member of the liberal Palikot Movement, a party which also includes Poland s only transgender MP, Anna Grodzka.
Ms Grodzka told PinkNews.co.uk that she, along with Mr Biedron, was proof that Poland was changing. I was very surprised by how many people voted for me, and that means the general situation in Poland has changed slightly, she said. Discuss this Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter!
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President Vladimir Putin has already indicated his approval of the bill, stating If such a law is passed by the Parliament of the country, I will sign it. Two weeks ago, the Russian Children s Rights Commissioner, Pavel Astakhov, said it is only logical to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France. In the light of France having passed a bill to legalise equal marriage on 18 May, President Putin said he was happy to consider changing agreements to block gay couples from adopting Russian orphans.
On 11 June the Duma voted 436-0 with one abstention to pass a bill imposing a hefty fine for anyone promoting the distorted understanding of social equality of traditional and non-traditional sex relations . The bill has caused outrage among the LGBT community and human rights supporters. Some called for the jailing of one of the bill s sponsors, Yelena Mizulina.
The Moscow Times notes that in a recent television interview, Mrs Mizulina suggested introducing legislation to remove children from same-sex couples.
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MP Louisa Wall, who sponsored the New Zealand equal marriage bill, and who is a former New Zealand women s rugby player, said the team had a responsibility to not use offensive language. They fail to recognise the responsibility they have as leaders in New Zealand society, and the influence they have on a whole generation not only of young people, but they represent all New Zealanders now, she said, speaking to Fairfax news. Sara Fraser, of the Queer Avengers, said: Really it s just indicative of the fact that although we now have marriage equality and things on the surface appear to be getting better, in actual fact they re not.
New Zealand in April became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legalise equal marriage, as well as the third of the 54 Commonwealth member states, and the second of Queen Elizabeth II s realms, as its parliament voted on Wednesday for the bill 77 to 44. As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed. Discuss this Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter!
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The pair of leaders wore their uniforms, however the scouts they were with did not. A former scout master, Dave McGrath of Idaho Falls, also attended, wearing his uniform. We were very disappointed that you used Scouting to advance the gay agenda at the Utah Pride Parade, council leaders wrote, addressing Brownstein.
You and others are welcome to participate in the parade as supportive citizens but not as uniformed members of the BSA. Whitaker had told the Salt Lake Tribune that the pair had never intended to promote a political agenda, but instead were celebrating a cultural event . He compared the march to the Days of 47 Parade, which honours Utah pioneers, and usually includes uniformed boy scouts.
We weren t rallying for a politician or political event, said Whitaker. To me, it was being supportive of my fellow human beings. Both leaders have refused to sign an apology letter which would acknowledge that they violated the BSA s policy, and that they were disobedient.
The pair have been threatened with the revocation of their Scouting membership if they commit a similar offence in future. The decision by the Utah BSA council is backed up by the national organisation. Deron Smith, a national spokesman for the BSA said: These individuals, many of whom are not registered in Scouting, expressed a personal opinion and do not represent the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is taking appropriate steps to respond to this issue, continued Smith.
Valarie Larabee, executive director of Utah Pride Center, which organises Utah Pride, condemned the decision by the BSA. Any discipline or questioning of members of the Scouting family who participated in our procession as a member of our color guard, a unit carrying out nation s flag, would be deplorable, she said in a statement. Back in May, the BSA s final vote on the issue of gay members took place in Dallas-Fort Worth, Grapevine, where over 60% of the 1,400 strong national council of local leaders, voted to lift the national ban.
The ban on adult members remains in place.
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