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Back in the closet

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Warsaw

An anti-homophobia ad campaign across Poland was shut down this week after just two days. The “Let Them See Us” campaign had put up billboards showing smiling gay couples in Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, and other major cities. Financial support came from a gay-rights group, as well as from the Polish prime minister’s office and the embassies of the Netherlands and Sweden. Most of the billboards were up for only one night, though, before local politicians in the various cities had them removed. “Promoting the normality of a sexual relationship between people of the same sex is unacceptable,” said conservative commentator Piotr Semka in the Warsaw daily Rzeczpospolita. “Don’t we have the right not to be assaulted with something we consider deeply immoral?” Poland is overwhelmingly Catholic.

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