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Poland: Anti-gay protesters demand 'ban on homosexuality'

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1. M/S Skinheads 2. C/U Skinhead 3. W/S Anti-gay activists holding up 'Ban homosexuality' signs 4. M/S Anti-gay activists holding up 'Ban homosexuality' signs 5. W/S Academic speaking 6. C/U Academic speaking 7. W/S Activists holding up banner 8. C/U 'Polska' badge on activists jacket 9. C/U Poster 'Ban homosexuality' 10. M/S Skinhead asking question 11. W/S Skinhead asking question 12. M/S Imperial Polish badge on back of man's shirt SCRIPT Poland: Anti-gay protesters demand 'ban on homosexuality' More than 100 anti-gay activists calling for a 'ban on homosexuality' occupied a debate about same-sex marriage in Gdansk University on Monday. The Protest was organised by All Poles Youth and the National Radical Group, two far-right organisations. Several member of the Polish parliament took part in the disrupted debate, including Robert Biedron from the Palikot's Movement party. He was the first politician in Poland to openly speak about his homosexuality. Same sex marriage is not allowed under Polish law at the moment. Poland's parliament rejected draft laws that would have legalised civil unions in the strongly Catholic nation in late January of 2013. Roughly 95% of the Polish population is Roman Catholic according to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During a television interview in March, former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa said that homosexuals should play a small part in politics and 'sit behind a wall' in the Polish Parliament. Despite Poland's Roman Catholic majority, the world's only current transgender member of parliament, Anna Grodzka, was elected to the Sejm in 2011 for the Palikot's Movement party. Grodzka has received opposition from conservative MPs such as Krystyna Pawłowicz from the Law and Justice Party, with Pawłowicz refusing to address Grozda as a female. Pawłowicz is a vocal opponent of civil unions, calling same-sex relationships 'unstable' and 'hedonistic'. Far-right groups have routinely disrupted academic debates across Poland, targeting left-wing, feminist and pro-LGBT rights speakers. On February 23 a balaclava-clad group clashed with university security forces as they tried to enter a lecture in Radom University by Adam Minchik, former political dissident and editor-in-chief of Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.