Poland’s rulling party, the centre-right Platforma Obywatelska (PO), is planning to introduce a law recognising civil partnerships for same-sex couples, GayStarNews reports.

The proposed legislation is said to give same-sex couples similar rights to married, heterosexual couples in the areas of inheritance, pensions, notary and medical rights.

The bill’s author, Arthur Dunin, told Polish radio that the law is quite conservative.

“It is very important for us [as a party] to reach marriage on a pedestal,” Dunin told Radio One.

“There is no way to equate marriage with an affiliate.”

Radio One reports the bill will be formally introduced in Poland’s Parliament next week.

The bill announcement is a surprise given PO’s long-held position against same-sex relationship recognition.

A similar relationship recognition bill presented by the Democratic Left Alliance party last year was rejected by PO.

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