Polish election: Andrzej Duda says LGBT ‘ideology’ worse than communism

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06/13/2020

Polish President Andrzej Duda has called the promotion of LGBT rights an “ideology” more destructive than communism, in a campaign speech. He is an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), and is seeking re-election on 28 June. He said his parents’ generation had struggled against communist ideology for 40 years and “they didn’t fight for this so that a new ideology would appear that is even more destructive”. Critics say PiS has an anti-gay agenda. The LGBT rights group ILGA-Europe says Poland is the worst-performing country in the EU in terms of LGBT rights, in an index published last month. PiS won a majority in parliament with a conservative-nationalist agenda strong on Catholic values, including support for traditional families and opposition to gay marriage.

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