Poland’s first gay MP is condemning a court for allowing a far-right group to use a logo which shows the “no” symbol over two male stick figures.

One of the figures stands behind another on all fours, in a classic depiction of anal sex.

Robert Biedron, Poland’s first openly gay MP, who was sworn in this month, told reporters: “Such symbols tap directly into fascist, neo-facist and xenophobic traditions, and intolerance.”

A court allowed the National Rebirth of Poland party to use the symbol last month, before Biedron took office. The politician is now urging the ministry of justice to intervene.

The group regularly targets Polish gay events with placards bearing the design.

Homosexuality and homosexual acts have never been illegal under Polish law, but there is no recognition by the state of gay couples.

Attempts to legislate for civil partnerships had been gaining ground until 2005 elections when the make-up of the parliament became more conservative.

Views both for and against gay rights are often strongly held. In 2008, a Polish MP whose life was saved by a blood transfusion said she would prefer only heterosexuals donated.