Nowoczesna wants full marriage equality

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Bill project on civil partnerships

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Nowoczesna (ALDE) decided to publish its project of a draft bill on civil partnerships. As highlighted in the release, the work on it is still in progress. To push it forward, Nowoczesna asked “concerned non-government organisations” to give their feedback on the project by 5th March.

The contents

The draft, apart from aiming to regulate how change of surname and creation of community property would be hadled, also includes a part that might stir up controversy. The project states in its reasoning that “proposed regulation is not the final legal attempt to terminate the currently existing discrimination of people on the basis of their sexual orientation”.

Execution of the Constitution?

According to the project, “Full implementation of articles 18, 30, 32 and 47 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland demands marriage equality, meaning the possibility to marry for both mixed-sex and same-sex couples, be introduced”. This makes Nowoczesna the only parliamentary party to adopt such a position.

What’s interesting, similar debates in the past would be hushed by quite an antithetical statement – according to some interpretations of the article 18, that aims to protect the family, it is a legal ban of homosexual marriage.


For your reference, our team gathered the aforementioned articles below.

Article 18

Marriage, as a union of a man and a woman, as well as the family, motherhood and parenthood, shall be placed under the protection and care of the Republic of Poland.

Article 30

The inherent and inalienable dignity of the person shall constitute a source of freedoms and rights of persons and citizens. It shall be inviolable. The respect and protection thereof shall be the obligation of public authorities.

Article 32

  1. All persons shall be equal before the law. All persons shall have the right to equal treatment by public authorities.
  2. No one shall be discriminated against in political, social or economic life for any reason whatsoever.

Article 47

Everyone shall have the right to legal protection of his private and family life, of his honour and good reputation and to make decisions about his personal life.



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