Hungary parliament clears manner for presidency’s LGBT referendum as election nears By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An enormous rainbow baloon put up by members of Amnesty Worldwide and Hatter, an NGO selling LGBT rights, is seen at Hungary’s parliament in protest in opposition to anti-LGBT legislation in Budapest, Hungary, July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Marton Monus

By Krisztina Than

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s parliament handed a decision on Tuesday which can empower the federal government to carry a referendum on LGBT points, elevating Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-LGBT marketing campaign to a brand new degree as he heads into a troublesome election race subsequent yr.

Orban, a nationalist who has been in energy since 2010, this yr proposed a referendum on ruling celebration laws that limits faculties’ instructing about homosexuality and transgender points, stepping up a tradition battle with the European Union.

Dealing with his first aggressive election in additional than a decade, nationalist Orban has sought to advertise social insurance policies that he says safeguard Christian values in opposition to Western liberalism, placing gender points and what he calls LGBTQ propaganda on the centre of his marketing campaign together with migration.

Parliament voted on 4 referendum questions one after the other, passing them with Fidesz’s ruling majority.

“The Hungarian authorities proposes that residents ought to have an opportunity to precise their stance on the problems of gender propaganda,” deputy minister Balazs Orban instructed parliament.

“We’re dedicated. We consider that we …must say no to LGBTQ propaganda in faculties carried out with the assistance of NGOs and media, with out parental consent.”

He stated holding the referendum on the identical day because the parliamentary vote would save taxpayers cash however it’s as much as President Janos Ader to set the date. Ader, an ally of the federal government, has not but fastened a date for the parliamentary elections that are anticipated to be held in April.

Within the referendum, Hungarians shall be requested whether or not they assist the holding of sexual orientation workshops in faculties with out dad and mom’ consent and whether or not they consider gender reassignment procedures ought to be promoted amongst youngsters.

They will even be requested whether or not media content material that might have an effect on sexual orientation ought to be proven to youngsters with none restrictions.

The legislation handed in June, which the federal government says goals to guard youngsters, has triggered nervousness within the LGBT neighborhood.

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