Christian democrat coalition party KDH is reluctant to speak openly about the issue of gays and gay rights. Last month the party refused to answer questions on the issue that were put to it by TheDaily.sk and yesterday party head Jan Figel avoided giving a direct answer on the ‘O 5 Minut 12’ debate programme on STV.
Figel replied tactfully when asked if his party would support the motion of coalition partner SaS for the Slovak parliament to make an official declaration condemning persecution of gays throughout the world, following a similar declaration regarding Christians, which the SaS supported.
Figel said he backed tolerance in society and that everyone was entitled to live free of discrimination, but that the KDH party would not trade with its basic principles and subject support for one proposal to that of a different one.
The KDH seems to be sitting on the fence when it comes to gay rights, avoiding statements for or against, even though it must surely have a firm stance set out in its policies. Pressure about gay rights looks set to increase, though, as the Rainbow Pride march on 4 June approaches, as this will definitely fuel public discussion on the issue.