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Hungary’s parliament passes Anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

Hungary’s parliament passes Anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

The parliament of Hungary passed an Anti-LGBT law that bans the circulation of contents in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change. The new Law triggered a mass rally outside Hungarian Parliament, calling to withdraw the bill.

The Legislation backed the proposal of banning school talks on LGBT, children below 18-years cannot promote or showcase any content that encourages gender change or homosexuality. It also includes advertisements. The law gives a list of organisations which are allowed to provide sex education in schools making it less transparent and conservative.

Hungarian PM Victor Orban who faces an election next year, has been taking radical decisions on social policies against LGBT people and immigrants. This has led to deep divide among Hungarians. He is a Nationalist and his Fidesz Party promotes a Christian-conservative agenda.

What are the restrictions as of now?

o Gay marriage is not recognised in Hungary.
o Only Heterosexual couples can legally adopt children.
o Marriage has been redefined as the union between a man and woman in the constitution, and limitations are drawn on gay adoption.

Critics have drawn resemblance between the new legislation and Russia’s 2013 law that banned propagation of non-traditional sexual relations. One of the main allies of Hungary in the European Union, Poland, has taken a similar stance as far as the issue of LGBT community is concerned. These two countries are at loggerheads with the European Union over some of the conservative reforms being undertaken.

The European Parliament’s Green lawmaker Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield has criticised the new law stating: “Using child protection as an excuse to target LGBT people is damaging to all children in Hungary”.

This step can jeopardise Prime Minister Victor Orban’s winning streak in the elections since 2010, as opposition parties have now combined for the first time to challenge the ruling party.

By team SLC 

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