The issue of gay rights got attention in parliament today thanks to comments of SaS MP Martin Poliacik, when he paralleled persecution of homosexuals to persecution of Christians.
Poliacik said the SaS party would back the motion of Christian coalition partner KDH that calls for Slovakia’s official condemnation of how Christians are persecuted throughout the world, but that in return they wanted the same in support of the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders, i.e. LGBT.
Poliacik went on to say how he would readily support any anti-violence resolution, but that the same applied to the LGBT community being persecuted, given also that homosexuality is even illegal in many countries. He then pointed out that the government Manifesto speaks about ensuring the rights of gay people, while blaming also the KDH party for blocking any progress in this area.
Poliacik’s comments were not well received by either KDH MPs or former SaS MP, now independent, Igor Matovic, who commented that the issue could have been dealt with better behind closed doors instead of being spoken out. Almost ironic from someone who is notoriously outspoken.
The parliamentary debate on the official condemnation of Christian persecution and the promotion of religious freedom in the world should take place this week, but just how far Poliacik or the SaS party will push to promote the same for the LGBT remains to be seen.
The timing is right as the second ever Rainbow Pride gay march will be taking place in Bratislava on Saturday 4 June, with last year’s event having attracted a lot of attention and proving quite a magnet for all kinds of extreme sentiments and incidents (see pictures), accompanied by a massive police presence.