Top Polish court rules against man who refused to print LGBT posters
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Poland’s Supreme Court has ruled against a print shop assistant who refused to print LGBT posters for a customer, the PAP news agency has reported.
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The court on Thursday dismissed an appeal lodged by the country’s prosecutor-general and upheld the ruling of a lower court in the case, PAP said.
The printer, who was identified only as Adam J. (last name withheld under Poland’s privacy laws), had refused to serve the LGBT group saying he did not want to “promote” gay rights, according to reports.
A regional court in the central city of Łódź in May last year cited the principle of equality before the law and said the man did not have the right to refuse the service.
Supreme Court judge Andrzej Ryński on Thursday said the regional court had examined the case with due diligence, PAP reported.
Prosecutor-General Zbigniew Ziobro, who is also Poland’s justice minister, told the news agency: “I consider the ruling a mistake as it violates the freedom of conscience enshrined in the constitution.”
He added: “It’s about principles rather than prejudice against any groups ... If a service provider refuses to carry out a service, the customer may turn to their competitors.”