Former Polish President Lech Walesa in Hot Water Over Anti-Gay Comments

Lech Walesa in London in 1989. Image via David Fowler.

Lech Walesa in London in 1989. Image via David Fowler.

Poland’s first democratically elected president and Noble Peace–prize winner Lech Walesa is in hot water after making homophobic comments that are threatening his legacy. In response to Poland’s first gay and transgender lawmakers taking their seats this week, Walesa said that as a minority gay people need to take a back seat.” The comments were made in an interview where he told a television station that gay people had no right in prominent political roles. “They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights… spoiling things for the others and taking from the majority,” he told the private Polish broadcaster TVN. “I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it. A minority should not impose itself on the majority.”

Even Walesa’s son couldn’t help but respond to the comments.”Gays, lesbians, the homosexuals, have the right to have a representation and should be” in Parliament, said Jaroslaw Walesa. [HuffPo]

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