POLAND — (03-02-21) — A Polish court on Tuesday ruled in favor of three LGBT activists who added the LGBT rainbows as halos to an iconic Roman Catholic icon image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. The court argued that it was a form of speech seeking to advocate against LGBT discrimination.
Well known anti-LGBT Conservative group, Life and Family Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the activists, claiming that the posters they created and distributed in the city of Plock in 2019 desecrated their religious image.
The posters distributed by the activists featured an altered image of Poland’s most-revered figure, the Mother of God of Czestochowa, widely known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.
However, the Plock Court ruled against the Life and Family Foundation and said that there was no evidence to suggest that the activists sought to offend members of the Catholic Church, and instead sought to bring attention to what they claimed has been historic discrimination by Poland’s Catholic Church against members of the LGBT community.
The highly publicized case was seen as an important free speech test under Poland’s conservative government. This win provides members of the LGBT community hope that their continued push for acceptance by leaders of the Catholic Church around the world is within reach.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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