Poland gets its first openly gay mayor in elections with record number of LGBT candidates

December 1, 2014 9:15 AM

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Poland gets its first openly gay mayor in elections with record number of LGBT candidates

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, right, congratulates Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz as first exit polls are announced after the end of local elections runoff, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. The elections are considered a test of strength for new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and the ruling Civic Platform party ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections next year. Problems with the computerized vote count of the first round spurred opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski to question the validity of the results. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) (The Associated Press)

WARSAW, Poland – Voters in Poland have elected the country's first openly gay mayor, a sign of growing tolerance for gays and lesbians in a country that has long been defined by a deep Roman Catholic conservatism.

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