Hungary parliament clears way for government’s anti-LGBT referendum

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Hungary’s parliament has passed a resolution allowing the government to hold a referendum on LGBT+ issues, taking Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ‘culture war’ campaign to a new level as he faces a tough election next year. will participate in the race.

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Mr Orban, a nationalist who has been in power since 2010, this year proposed a referendum on the ruling party’s law that limits teaching in schools about homosexuality and transgender issues.

Facing his first competitive election in more than a decade, the nationalist Mr. Orban has sought to promote social policies that, he says, defend Christian values ​​against Western liberalism, hold gender issues and what he calls Puts LGBT+ propaganda with migration at the center of its campaign. ,


Parliament voted one by one on the four referendum questions, passing them with a ruling majority of Fidesz.

“The Hungarian government proposes that citizens should have the opportunity to express their stance on issues of gender propaganda,” Deputy Minister Balázs Orbán told parliament.

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“We are committed. We believe that we… have to say no to LGBT+ propaganda in schools with the help of NGOs and the media without parental consent.

He said holding the referendum on the same day would save taxpayers money from a parliamentary vote, but it was up to President Janos Eder to decide the date. Mr Eder, a government aide, has yet to set a date for parliamentary elections, which are expected to take place in April.

In the referendum, Hungarians will be asked whether they support the holding of sexual orientation workshops in schools without parental consent and whether they believe gender reassignment procedures should be promoted among children. .

They will also be asked whether media material that may affect sexual orientation should be shown to children without restriction.

The law passed in June, which the government says is intended to protect children, has sparked concern among the LGBT+ community.



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