Touting red-and-white Polish flags, thousands of members of a Polish youth organization opposed to special rights for homosexuals marched through Warsaw today in a so-called “Normal Parade” in answer to a recent “gay pride” event in the city.

Speaking to the marchers, League of Polish Families leader and member of parliament Roman Geirtych said that as a predominantly Catholic country Poland could not build its future on “pederasts” but rather on the family.

The LPR is currently on the campaign trail ahead of Poland’s Sept. 25 parliamentary elections and the Oct. 9 presidential election.

The parade was met with heckles and verbal abuse from members of “Stop Fascism” – a left-wing group that held a small counter demonstration in the city center.

A heavy police cordon separated the rival camps. No incidents of violence were reported.

During the march, protesters came upon a couple who had just been married. The marchers gave them a hearty welcome with long applause, chanting, “You are the real future of Poland” and sang them “100 lat” or “100 years of Life,” a popular song in Poland sung during birthday parties and anniversaries. Young Catholic activists presented the young couple a T-shirt with their logo.

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