President's same-sex adoption ban reaches lower house

"I am very happy that I can fulfil my promise which I made on Saturday. But, above all, I am very glad that I have been implementing what I have planned since the beginning of my presidency," Duda said. Paweł Supernak/PAP

A presidential bill amending the Constitution to forbid persons in same-sex unions to adopt children has reached the Sejm (lower house), the house informed on Monday. Duda announced the bill on Saturday, signed it on Monday morning and sent it to the Sejm on the same day.

Commenting his move, Duda said his bill will not introduce any drastic changes to the constitution, but only add to it certain family-law regulations. He added that it will now be anchored constitutionally that children can be raised in Poland only by couples married in light of Polish law, hence, not by persons in same-sex unions.

Duda admitted that he was pleased to see that the bill was on its way to the Sejm. He said the new regulations were designed to protect the rights of families and children, and reflected the kind of family policy he had always intended to pursue.

"I am very happy that I can fulfil my promise which I made on Saturday. But, above all, I am very glad that I have been implementing what I have planned since the beginning of my presidency," Duda said, adding that the protection of Polish families and children had always been his goal.

A draft amendment to the Constitution can be submitted to the Sejm by at least 20 percent of MPs, the Senate or the president.