Poland's ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party has used hostile language while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke Saturday to Law and Justice party activists at a convention ahead of the May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament and Poland's general election in the fall.

It was the second time that he used the issue of LGBT rights to rally conservative voters in the predominantly Catholic nation.

Kaczynski, who is Poland's most powerful politician, said a recent LGBT rights declaration in Warsaw is for same-sex marriages and their adoption rights. He said the answer is "No" and emphatically added "stay away from our children!"