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What next with the Civil Partnership Act? “Last Chance Meeting”. A compromise is possible, but not without sacrifices

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The Act on civil partnerships will be curtailed and provisions regarding the adoption of children will be deleted. In return, the PSL may support the bill and agree to make it a government project – according to information from “Fakty” TVN reporter Michał Tracz after a meeting between the Ministry of Equality and the PSL leaders. Tomorrow, the People's Party will make a final decision on this matter.

Another ministerial meeting was held on Monday afternoon Katarzyna Kotula with PSL representatives. The meeting was called the “last chance meeting” because Kotula gave the People's Party until the end of June to make a final decision. The PSL parliamentary club meets on Tuesday to work out a common position of MPs on this matter.

The meeting at the Prime Minister's office lasted over two hours. – It was a good meeting. I think we are closer to an agreement, says Katarzyna Kotula laconically. But people who know the backstage of the negotiations reveal a little more to the reporter of “Fakty” TVN.

– PSL is doing everything to ensure that the project is not a government project, but a parliamentary project – argues a person involved in the negotiations.

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Why does this matter? Because it is more difficult to oppose a project submitted by the entire government. – It would be like an abortion. We will submit ours, the Coalition (Citizens – ed.) will submit its, PSL will probably submit its, and ultimately the Sejm will not adopt any, says the Left MP.

That's why Kotula wants to reach an agreement with PSL. However, this requires shortening the law.

Not for adoption

The assumptions of Kotula's bill are supported by the entire Left, the vast majority of the Civic Coalition (according to “Fakty” information, three MPs told the club's authorities that they would not support the bill) and almost the entire Poland 2050 (one MP hesitates). The fate of the project depends on PSL votes.

– We don't count how many are for and how many are against. We will not agree to a bill that will divide us. We will agree to one that the majority (in the party – ed.) will be able to accept – a PSL politician tells “Faktom” unofficially.

There is a group of politicians in PSL who will oppose the bill regardless of its final shape. But those who are willing to support the document under certain conditions have the majority.

– Adoption of children is impossible – a PSL politician tells “Faktom”.

The People's Party also wants a clear distinction between civil partnerships and marriage, therefore they oppose the possibility of entering into a civil partnership at the Civil Registry Office. There is also a faction of MPs that proposes that only same-sex couples can enter into civil partnerships, and that heterosexual couples can choice only marriage.

Yes, but limited

– Kotula must agree to concessions, thanks to which he has a chance to gather support for the law on civil partnerships for the first time in 20 years – says a person close to the ministry. And that's probably what will happen.

According to unofficial information from Michał Tracz, Kotula will agree to exclude from the bill, among others: regulations regarding the adoption of children. In return, a group of peasants is to convince the others tomorrow PSL MPs to consent to the government project and ultimately support it in a vote in the Sejm.

– We will definitely not abandon the issue of children's safety and adoption, we will return to the matter in a few months – assures Kotula's support team.

The PSL parliamentary club meets in the Sejm on Tuesday afternoon. The course of the negotiations with Kotula will be reported to the MPs by the vice-president of PSL, Urszula Pasławska. Later, the People's Party members will have to make the final decision whether to agree to the government project and whether to support the proposed form of the law.

Author:Michal Tracz

Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

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