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    New York man files complaint against Polish president for anti-gay marriage speech

    WARSAW, Poland: A gay New York man said Wednesday he has filed a complaint against the Polish president for using images of him and his partner in a national speech to warn against homosexual marriage.

    A brief video clip of Brendan Fay's wedding with his partner Tom Moulton was woven into President Lech Kaczynski's televised address to the nation Monday night.

    The video, along with a photo of the couple's marriage certificate, was shown as the president warned against the dangers of adopting the EU's new treaty and its Charter of Fundamental Rights, which Kaczynski says could open the door to same-sex marriage in Poland.

    "An article of the charter, due to no clear definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, may go against the universally accepted moral order in Poland and force our country to introduce an institution in conflict with the moral convictions of the decided majority of our country," Kaczynski said as the images flashed across the screen.

    It was not immediately clear how the images were obtained.

    Fay said that Polish immigrants and reporters began calling him Tuesday, asking how he felt about having his image used in the address.

    "My initial reaction was one of surprise and shock really," said Fay, a longtime gay activist who is a co-founder of the All Inclusive St. Patrick's Day Parade in Queens, New York.

    "I started getting translations of the phrase the president used as the image appeared... My reaction was just really... I thought, 'oh my God, what an insult' ... Tom and I are just a couple, like any other couple around the world."

    Fay, a documentary filmmaker who was born in Ireland but is now a New York resident, said he submitted his complaint to the Polish Consulate in New York on Tuesday.

    "Our images clearly were being used in a campaign by the president of Poland against lesbian and gay persons, and fostering intolerance and fear among the people of Poland," he said on Wednesday.

    Moulton, who is a pediatric oncologist and met Fay at Sunday Mass, said EU countries that permit same-sex marriage have not suffered from it.

    "It has not brought down their economy, it hasn't destroyed any of the heterosexual marriages... it hasn't brought down the families. If anything, it has strengthened the families," Moulton said.

    There is little support for same-sex marriage in Poland, a deeply Catholic country which joined the European Union in 2004. The Polish constitution states that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

    As mayor of Warsaw, Kaczynski refused to grant parade permits for gay rights marches, while his twin brother, former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has said "it's not in the interest of any society to increase the number of homosexuals."

    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/...Gay-Rights.php


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny
    Fay said that Polish immigrants [...] began calling him Tuesday
    Did you call him?

    Does anyone actually know how many EU countries allow gay marriage?

    Anyways I hope that guy wins that lawsuit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelchairman View Post
    Did you call him?

    Does anyone actually know how many EU countries allow gay marriage?

    Anyways I hope that guy wins that lawsuit.
    On the reverse side I hope that Poland sends some ex-KGB types over to New York to poison the man's water with polonium. Just for spite.

    PS: Sunny, that is a really good picture of you.
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    I don't see what the president did wrong, unless the images were copyrighted or something.
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    I don't think there's any lawsuit... it's just a complaint.
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    Poland is gay.

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    That situation's pretty funny if you think about it.

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    i lived in poland for a few years.. amazing country, but yeah catholic as fuck. Gays arent mistreated there any more than here. I mean hey, they didnt use an image of a polish gay couple haha.

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    This sort of shit like homosexual marriages etc. has the bad end. It is another signal of the "end of days" for this civilization, I mean Western Europe.



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    I live in Poland, I'm Polish so I have to say something. Yeah, it is a very catholic country but like HornyPope ( that's a very uncatholic nickname ) I don't see anything wrong in Kaczynski's words. He didn't attacked gays, he just feared that by adopting the EU's new treaty our country will allow gay couples to get married. And don't get me wrong - I'm not a Kaczynski fan but the whole thing that happened after his speach isn;t definetly sucha a scandal.

    By the way... I have to say that your language is very easy. I mean, I'm not a specialist and I sometimes do mistakes, but for me it's the easiest language of all.

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