When Krasnik councilors adopted a resolution two years ago declaring their small town in southeastern Poland "free of L.G.B.T.," the mayor didn’t see much harm in what appeared to be a symbolic and legally pointless gesture.
Today, he’s scrambling to contain the damage.
It has jeopardized millions of dollars in foreign funding and, Mayor Wojciech Wilk said, turned "our town into a synonym for homophobia," which he insisted was not accurate.
A French town last year severed a partnership with Krasnik in protest. And Norway, from which the mayor had hoped to get nearly $10 million starting this year to finance development projects, said in September that it would not give grants to any Polish town that declares itself "free of L.G.B.T."
free of something：片語，使擺脫…，免於…，沒有…。例句：The newly appointed chief of executive vowed to build a workplace free of racial discrimination.（新任命的執行長誓言打造一個無歧視的工作環境。）
pay a/the price：慣用語，付出代價。例句：He will definitely pay the price for cheating on his wife for such a long time.（他終究會為多年外遇而付出代價。）