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Poland to Allow Citizens Abroad to Enter Same-Sex Marriages & Partnerships

Poland to Allow Citizens Abroad to Enter Same-Sex Marriages & Partnerships

In what will be welcomed as a baby step toward equality, Poland’s officials announced this week that the nation’s registry offices will begin issuing new certificates that will allow Poles abroad to marry or engage in a civil union/partnership with same-sex partners.

Previous to this there had been a section calling for the disclosure of the identity of the future spouse meaning that the registrar, identifying the couple as same-sex, could refuse to sign.


“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.


The Campaign Against Homophobia says it has numerous examples of gay and lesbians being refused the certificate which would enable them to marry in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands or other countries where same-sex civil unions are legal.

Same-sex partnerships and marriages will not, however, be honored by Poland itself.

Homosexuality in Poland has often been a flash-point for protest and even violence, but there is evidence that tolerance is on the rise. Earlier this year Krystian Legierski became the first openly gay politician elected to political office in Poland, gaining a seat on the Warsaw city council.

Still, a recent report found that 80% of Poles oppose same-sex marriage and oppose joint adoption rights for same-sex couples. It also took the recent intervention of the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that same-sex couples were being given appropriate cohabiting rights.

Yet any progress, no matter how slight, is cause for recognition. 

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3:07AM PDT on May 4, 2011

The moral arguments have been an ongoing thing for a while. Cohabiting, though, poses some different financial risks for couples that elect to do so. Married partners do not get to realize the benefits of cohabiting, though. Unmarried couples face different standards in finance, such as cohabitation agreement. Cohabitation agreements can establish the allocation of assets in case the relationship disintegrates, and about 39 percent of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers noticed more cohabitation agreements in 2010.

3:23AM PDT on May 3, 2011

This article makes no sense to me - I have a Polish friend who married his same-sex partner last year, and there was no problem....

1:30AM PDT on May 2, 2011

a step in the right direction

9:23AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Baby steps, encouraging and needing encouragement

2:14AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

Step by step we reach our destination. One step may not take us very far along the path but it's better than taking no step at all. That really would take us nowhere. This recognition in Poland will undoubtedly lead to others steps being taken there. The world cannot halt the progress and acceptance of "an idea whose time has come"
The idea of a society based on ideals of equality, loving kindness, open-mindedness, diversity, freedom and respect is gradually being brought into manifestation because it's time has, indeed, come.

9:29PM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

The article states: "Still, a recent report found that 80% of Poles oppose same-sex marriage and oppose joint adoption rights for same-sex couples."

That's not surprising because 90% of poles are Roman Catholics. It's hard to change after so many years of serious indoctrination. I was raised a Roman Catholic, and the fear of hell was literally beaten into me by Felician nuns. When I was a child, I worried myself sick over the fact that my father swore, didn't attend Mass on Sunday, ate meat on Fridays, and never went to confession. I was convinced that he was destined to burn in hell for eternity for his many "mortal" sins. Fear is a very strong motivator --so I'm not surprised that so many Poles oppose same-sex marriage. I believe that their religion is their albatross.

11:38AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

Noted with interest.

2:40AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

Good start

12:57PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

It's a start, but there's alot more work to be done.

9:54AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

"Work is already underway" but will it be finished before parliamentary elections this fall? soon is a holiday season so to me it looks like another election promise which will end as a promise, nothing more, but I hope I'm wrong

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