Walesa stirs controversy with anti-gay remarks
March 4, 2013
Lech Walesa, former Polish president, the leading figure in the country’s struggle against communism, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has sparked controversy by saying homosexuals in parliament should sit "behind a wall" and that they have no right to a prominent role in politics and as a minority they must “take a back seat and “adjust to smaller things” in society.
Walesa made these comments during a television interview for TVN24 news channel when asked to comment the ongoing debate in the Polish parliament whether to allow civil partnerships between homosexuals.
Ryszard Nowak, a former conservative member of parliament, reported Walesa to the prosecutor's office late on Saturday, accusing him of promoting hatred of sexual minorities.