Wednesday, August 4

Orbán announces a referendum on his controversial homophobic law

The Hungarian Government has announced this Wednesday that it will call a referendum on the recently approved law that links homosexuality with pedophilia to “defend” minors from what it considers an attempt by the European Union to disseminate ideas about sex change or sexuality in schools.

“In recent weeks, Brussels has attacked Hungary for the law in defense of minors,” said the prime minister, the ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán, announcing on the social network Facebook the holding of the consultation, of which He specified the date or if its result will influence the already approved law.

Orbán has asked Hungarians to answer “no” to the five questions in the consultation, which range from whether sexual orientation talks should be allowed to the convenience of promoting sex change therapies among minors. “Hungarian laws prohibit sexual propaganda in kindergartens, schools, television and in advertising. Brussels now calls for the modification of laws on education and protection of minors,” said the prime minister in that message.

“They complain that in Hungary what is permanent in Western Europe is not possible, where LGTB + activists enter kindergartens and schools, they teach about sexuality. They want it to be the same in Hungary,” he insisted. “Do you support the fact that talks on sexual orientations are held in public education centers without parental consent?” Will be one of the questions in the consultation, the prime minister has advanced.

The other questions ask whether Hungarians agree that sex change therapies can be promoted to minors, or make it possible for them to have access to such treatments. It will also be consulted whether or not Hungarians support the presentation of media content that may influence the sexual development of minors without limitations. “Do you support the exhibition of media content on the change of sex?”, Says the fifth question of the referendum.

Orbán has not clarified whether the result of the referendum could imply an amendment to the law, approved last June with the absolute majority with which his party, Fidesz, has governed for more than ten years. The law, originally designed to increase penalties for pedophile crimes, had the support of the entire opposition until a few days before its vote, Fidesz added to the text the prohibition of speaking to minors about homosexuality in schools. or the media.

The controversial law has drawn criticism both in Hungary and abroad and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, has described it as “shameful”. Last week the EC opened a procedure against Hungary for discriminating against the LGTB + group with this law. In October 2016 Orbán called a referendum to support his position in discussions with the EC, but that time the consultation on the quotas for the distribution of refugees in the EU was not valid since the participation did not reach the 50% threshold.

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