Hungary passes anti-LGBTQ law banning content in schools that promotes homosexuality
Hungarian politicians have passed legislation that prohibits sharing with minors any content that features homosexuality or gender reassignment.
- Children are prohibited by law from viewing content in schools, movies, or advertisements that promote gender change or homosexuality
- It was adopted amid strong opposition from human rights groups and opposition parties
- Conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban has stepped up efforts to restrict the rights of the LGBTQ community ahead of next year’s elections
Supporters said the law would help fight pedophilia, but human rights groups denounced it as anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
The ruling conservative party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban introduced the legislation, which is the latest effort to restrict the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and gender-fluid people in the central European nation .
The Hungarian National Assembly adopted the bill by 157 votes to 1.
The ruling Fidesz party has a parliamentary majority and politicians from the right-wing Jobbik party also approved the measure, while an independent party voted against and all other opposition parties boycotted the session. vote in protest.
Human rights groups have strongly denounced the measure, seeing it as a tool that can be used to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientations and gender identities.
Some human rights officials have compared it to the so-called gay âpropagandaâ law passed by Russia in 2013, which human rights officials say has become a tool to harass sexual minorities.
Gergely Arato, from the Democratic Coalition parliamentary group, said the changes violated standards of parliamentary democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
The legislation, presented last week by Fidesz, included amendments banning the portrayal of any sexual orientation in addition to heterosexuality, as well as information about gender reassignment in school sex education programs, or in movies. and advertisements aimed at persons under the age of 18.
Thousands of LGBTQ activists and others staged a protest in Budapest on Monday in an unsuccessful effort to prevent the legislation from being passed.
Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights body, also called on Hungarian politicians to reject the legislation, saying it reinforces prejudices against people LGBTQ.
Fidesz has also successfully defended a law preventing transgender people from legally altering gender markers on their identity documents, which human rights officials say puts them at risk of humiliation when they have to present. identity documents.
“Today’s decision in the Hungarian parliament represents another serious discrimination by the state against LGBTIQ people,” German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth tweeted after the new legislation was passed.
“This law goes against everything we consider to be our common European values. Full solidarity and support for LGBTIQ people in Hungary.”