World Briefs

Posted on 01 Mar 2007 at 6:13pm
By Rex Wockner

Polish president says that “‘promoting homosexuality’ would destroy human race

Speaking at a National Forum On Europe meeting in Ireland on Feb. 20, Polish President Lech Kaczynski warned that if homosexuality “were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear.”

“Imagine what grand changes would occur in mores if the traditional links between men and women were set aside, he said.

Reports said others in attendance gasped at the remarks.

Kaczynski, who banned the gay Pride parade in 2004 and 2005 when he was mayor of Warsaw, said he’d do it again if he were mayor today.

Openly gay Irish Sen. David Norris called Kaczynski’s comments “ignorant, unsophisticated a disgrace” and representative of “his very limited intelligence.”

Police rescue 4 gay men threatened by mob outside Jamaican pharmacy

A mob of men, women, teens and children surrounded a pharmacy in Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. 14 and demanded that four gay men inside come out and face punishment for being homosexuals.

The crowd formed after another shopper took exception to the men’s presence and began screaming that “battymen,” or faggots, must be killed.

Police eventually rescued the men, three of whom “had bleached-out faces” and were “dressed in tight jeans pants and skimpy shirts,” the Jamaica Observer newspaper reported. The officers had to fire tear gas into the crowd of 200 to clear an exit path.

One of the gay men was hit in the head with a rock while being escorted to a police vehicle.

After rescuing the men, the police officers disparaged them en route to, and at, the police station, according to a statement from the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays.

Jamaica, which seemingly has one of the world’s most overtly anti-gay populations, punishes gay sex with up to nine years in prison.

Hearing held on anti-gay measure in Nigerian House of Representatives

The Women Affairs and Youth Committee of Nigeria’s House of Representatives held a hearing Feb. 14 on an extreme anti-gay bill that some activists had believed was not going to see any action.

The measure, which bans same-sex marriage and gay relationships, also seems to outlaw such things as belonging to a gay group, visiting a gay Internet site and socializing between gay people.

The National Assembly is now expected to pass the bill, in some form, before April’s general election.

Malta Civil Court OKs marriage of post-op transsexual woman to a man

Malta’s Civil Court ordered the Public Registry to issue marriage bans an announcement of a proposed marriage for a post-operative transsexual woman, The Times of Malta reported Feb. 16.

He also told the registry to change the woman’s gender designation in other official documents.

French court refuses lesbian’s request to adopt partner’s biological child

France’s top appeals court refused Feb. 20 to let a lesbian adopt her partner’s biological child.

The court said such an adoption is possible only within a marriage. Same-sex couples are not allowed to marry in France, although they can enter civil unions. Adoption outside of a marriage requires the biological parent or parents to relinquish their parental authority, the court said.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 2, 2007

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