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Polish President Steals Footage of Gay Marriage

Polish President Steals Wedding Video, Bashes Grooms

You're minding your own business, when all of a sudden you find out the president of Poland using your wedding footage to bolster his argument against gay marriage and saying that your life would be "against the universally accepted moral order in Poland and force our country to introduce an institution in conflict with the moral convictions of the decided majority of our country."



That's exactly what happened one New York man, Brendan Fay. Upon learning that Polish President Lech Kaczynski had interwoven the video of his wedding into a speech warning against the dangers of adopting the new EU constitutional treaty that could open the door to same-sex marriage in Poland, Fay fought back. Describing the experience he said, "I started getting translations of the phrase the president used as the image appeared... My reaction was just really... I thought, 'oh my God, what an insult.'"

An insult he wasn't going to accept. To see what he did, read more. Fay has filed a complaint against the president with the Polish consulate. He said, "Our images clearly were being used in a campaign by the president of Poland against lesbian and gay persons, and fostering intolerance and fear among the people of Poland."

The story has brought to light some of Kaczynski's historical positions on homosexuality. For instance as mayor of Warsaw, he refused to grant parade permits for gay rights marches. Kaczynski's twin brother has also served as prime minister during which time he said, "it's not in the interest of any society to increase the number of homosexuals."

Can you imagine seeing your wedding video co-opted and used in a political speech? Is Fay right to fight back?

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