Polish Officials Refuse Gay Marriages

Same-sex unions abroad are not being recognized

The Polish LGBT rights group, Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), has submitted a petition to the European Parliament Committee on Petitions claiming that officials in the country deny certificates to couples seeking same-sex unions abroad. According to pinknews.co.uk, the Polish Registry Office has been refusing to issue the certificates, which are required to marry in most European Union countries.

Although gay marriage is not legal in Poland, which is a member of the EU, citizens of the country may marry a same-sex partner in one of the other EU countries where gay marriage is legal. KPH charges that the alleged discrimination of the Registry Office violates the basic right to form a family, and the EU principle of freedom of movement.

The Committee on Petitions says that it has begun an investigation.