Polish election: Leader targets gay rights as threat to society

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Poland has seen an increasing number of equality marches in 2019, including this one in Torun

“We consider two communities fundamental, the family as one man, one woman and the children,” said the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) at a recent convention.

LGBT+ rights have become the single biggest cultural issue in Poland’s election campaign ahead of Sunday’s vote. In the eyes of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s national-conservative party and the Catholic Church, those rights are a threat to traditional Polish families and values.

Mr Kaczynski likes to identify threats to Polish society – during the election campaign four years ago, he said Middle Eastern migrants might bring “parasites and protozoa” to Poland.

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