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Polish region votes to reject “LGBT ideology” despite loss of EU funds likely 

A regional council in Poland has voted to ‘remain free of LGBT ideology’ despite threats that European Union funding would be cut. The head of the council said that the declaration was being misunderstood after international media reported the stance as seeking an ‘LGBT-free zone’.

Reuters reported that the council voted on the issue “despite a warning from the European Union that it could lose funding” and added that the head of the Council “said the declaration of the zone had been misunderstood and could be rewritten”.

The council, which represents the southern Malopolska region, said it had been warned by letter received from the EU that it could lose more than €2.5 billion of EU funds if it continued with its stance.

A large number of local councils in Poland have made similar declarations on what  they call “LGBT ideology” in recent times. The European Commission says the declarations “may violate EU law regarding non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation,” according to Reuters.

The councils say that the declaration has been misunderstood and may need to be rewritten.

They argue that the votes are not targetting gay people but instead oppose what they describe as “the promotion of homosexuality and other minority sexual identities, especially in schools.”

Left-wing politicians in Poland condemned the vote but Cabinet Minister Michal Wojcik was supportive, Reuters reported, saying : “Democracy and self-governance are winning.”

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