As part of a social experiment, Jakub Kwiecinski and David Mycek staged 100 marriage proposals in Poland in an attempt to ascertain public perceptions on same-sex marriage in the Eastern European country.
Kwiecinski and Mycek, who got married last year in Portugal, took to the streets. One of them would approach strangers, telling them that he was just about to propose to his partner and asking them if they would take a photograph of the proposal. It was not until the other showed up that the strangers would realise the couple was gay.
For the most part, responses to the proposals were positive. Though surprised, a number of people were supportive of their union and happily filmed the proposal before offering their congratulations.
The video, however, does show some negative reactions to the proposals. When one woman realises the couple is gay, she stops filming and puts the camera in a nearby flowerbed before leaving the situation.
Another shot shows the couple being forced to leave a busy market after they receive a hostile reaction.
As a follow-up question, Kwiecinski and Mycek asked the participants how they stand on marriage equality in Poland.
One woman affirms “Poland should introduce same-sex marriage”, while another woman said she would support marriage equality, but not any legislation that would allow for same-sex couples to adopt children.
One man tells them “I do not meddle with other people’s lives. Do what you want, but harm no one.”
Additionally, Kwiecinski and Mycek attempt to gauge the public’s perception of marriage equality at large as they ask interviewees if they believe a Polish majority would support same-sex marriage legislation.
One couple, who tell the pair that they are on the way to church, state that they believe a majority of Polish people would accept same-sex marriage.
Towards the end of the video, the gay couple approach a group of older women sitting on a bench, to ask them for their opinion. One woman speaks on behalf of the group telling them that she supports civil unions for same-sex couples in Poland adding that “We just have to be tolerant towards all kinds of people.”
Same-sex marriage is not recognised in Poland, and the influence of the Catholic Church contributes to rising levels of anti-LGBT+ rhetoric. Indeed, Polish president Andrzej Duda has cited his Catholic faith as grounds for the country’s proposed ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’.
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