Ruling coalition MP reprimanded for LGBT comments

The motion to reprimand Kowalski (pictured) was filed by the vice-president of the Left parliamentary caucus, Beata Maciejewska. Albert Zawada/PAP

Janusz Kowalski, an MP from Solidary Poland, an ally of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, has been reprimanded by the parliamentary ethics committee for statements he made referring to LGBT "ideology".

Monika Falej, the head of the committee, said on Wednesday that Kowalski was reprimanded "for violating the principle of caring for the good name of the Sejm," the lower house of the Polish parliament, with his Twitter post about children as "victims of the rainbow ideology."

The motion to reprimand Kowalski was filed by the vice-president of the Left parliamentary caucus, Beata Maciejewska.

On October 23, Kowalski wrote on Twitter: "Children are supposed to have a childhood, not become victims of 'rainbow ideology.' A law is needed to protect children from 'LGBT propaganda'. The increase in the number of mutilations and suicides among children - under the pressure of reflecting on their sexuality - is a loud alarm bell!"

Falej said that Kowalski had failed to provide an explanation for his post to the ethics committee.

"He came and treated the KEP (the commission) with disgraceful words. He had no reflection on the fact that he was using hate speech, which contributes to young people's difficulties," she said.

Responding to her comments, Kowalski said: "In my opinion, Ms Falej should be dismissed because she is making leftist deals with Mrs Maciejewska."

"Instead of taking care of decent and reliable work in the Sejm, they make deals because I speak the truth about the rainbow LGBT lobby," he added.

A reprimand is the highest form of penalty the ethics committee can impose on an MP.