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Poland’s Supreme Court Rules Against Printer For Refusing To Make LGBT Banner

Coming less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the baker’s First Amendment rights. This week the Polish Supreme Court ruled against a print shop worker who refused to create a banner for an LGBT group, a decision hailed as a victory by gay rights groups in the country.

The court upheld a lower court ruling that the Lodz-based worker violated Polish laws that prohibit the denial of professional services “without a valid reason,” according to the Financial Times.

Slava Melnyk, a spokesperson for the Polish LGBT activist group Campaign Against Homophobia, told the Financial Times that the ruling in Poland was a “historic victory for equality.” 

“Today’s verdict is a big celebration of equality and a reason for joy for everyone who believes in law, equality and justice,” Melnyk said. “It’s also a moment to be proud of — Poland reached a milestone towards LGBT equality, and can share this with the whole world.”

Meanwhile while Poland’s LGBT rights march forward America’s is under attack everyday since Donald Trump was elected as President in 2016.

 

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