The Polish government announced new legislation this week that would strip the adoption rights of single LGBTQ+ people in Poland.
Although adoption for gay couples is already illegal in Poland, many families had bypassed those rules by ensuring one partner adopted as a single LGBTQ+ parent.
However, a bill has now been introduced that would explicitly ban that practice.
Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister Michal Wojcik said the government is planning to ensure that gay people are no longer eligible to adopt at all.
Wojcik said the government plans to ensure that all adoption agencies pay “special attention” to whether a single intended parent is in a same-sex relationship.
“We are preparing a change where people living in cohabitation with a person of the same sex could not adopt a child,” Wojcik said accoring to Reuters, “so a homosexual couple will not be able to adopt a child.”
Amid the uptick in Polish anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, more than 100 towns in Poland have recently declared themselves “LGBTQ Free-Zones,” signaling that they consider their regions free from “LGBTQ+ ideology.”
In response, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) voted Thursday on a resolution that states “LGBTIQ rights are human rights,” and declared the entire 27-nation European Union an “LGBTIQ Freedom-Zone.”
The MEP’s vote passed with 492 votes in favor, 141 against, and 46 abstentions.