Poland's upper house has approved the European Union's proposed charter of rights, but with a provision that could allow the country to ignore EU guarantees of equal rights for gays and lesbians.
The Senate voted 74-17 on Wednesday to adopt the Lisbon Treaty. Six senators abstained.
The lower house approved ratification Tuesday, following a deal between the government and opposition-linked President Lech Kaczynski that ended weeks of fighting in which Kaczynski claimed the treaty would force Poland to endorse homosexuality and legalize same-sex marriage.
This week Prime Minister Donald Tusk reached a deal with the opposition, inserting a clause in the rights bill guaranteeing Poland's sovereignty within the union. The cause is seen as a means where the government can opt out of EU LGBT rights protections.
Kaczynski has said he will sign the revised bill.
"Sure, we'll respect the civil rights of all our inhabitants... NOT!"