• Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland on December 09, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. (Maciej Gillert/Gallo Images Poland/Getty Images)Source: Maciej Gillert/Gallo Images Poland/Getty Images
President Andrzej Duda says marriage should be a "union between a man and a woman".
Michaela Morgan

27 Jan 2017 - 1:39 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2017 - 1:39 PM

The President of Poland says gay marriage will never be legalised in the country, despite growing pressure from lobby groups and neighbouring European countries.

President Duda cited the Constitution when asked about the future of marriage equality in Poland.

“I do not think that the political majority today would agree to any amendment to the Constitution in this area, water down this clause and open interpretation that marriage could also include other genders,” he told Republika.

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And— just in case there was any confusion about his stance—he continued by saying, “I unequivocally repeat: marriage in accordance with the Polish Constitution is a union between a man and a woman.”

The President comes from Poland’s Law and Justice Party, a right-wing national-conservative party that strongly oppose LGBT+ rights.

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But despite progress being achieved in parts of the country, Poland is one of six countries in the European Union that have constitutionally banned gay marriage, along with Croatia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.