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Hungarian parliament clears way for government’s LGBT referendum as elections loom

NGOs fly giant rainbow balloons at Hungarian parliament to protest anti-LGBT law in Budapest
FILE PHOTO: A giant rainbow erected by members of Amnesty International and Hatter, an NGO promoting LGBT rights, in the Hungarian parliament to protest anti-LGBT laws in Budapest , Hungary, July 8, 2021. REUTERS / Marton Monus

November 30, 2021

By Krisztina Than

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution that would empower the government to hold a referendum on LGBT issues, elevating Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-LGBT campaign to the next level. as he enters a tough election race next year.

Orban, a nationalist who has been in power since 2010, this year proposed a referendum on the ruling party’s law restricting schools’ teaching on gay and transgender issues. , promoting a culture war with the European Union.

Facing his first competitive election in more than a decade, the nationalist Orban sought to promote social policies that, he said, defended Christian values ​​against communism. Western liberalism, placing gender issues and what he calls LGBTQ propaganda at the heart of his campaign alongside migration.

The Parliament voted on four referendum questions in turn, passing them with a majority ruling by Fidesz.

Deputy Minister Balazs Orban told parliament: “The Hungarian government proposes that citizens should have the opportunity to express their position on issues of gender propaganda.

“Our commitment. We believe we… must say no to LGBTQ propaganda in schools carried out with the help of NGOs and the media without parental consent.”

He said holding the referendum on the same day as the parliamentary vote would save taxpayers money but President Janos Ader had to set a date. Ader, an ally of the government, has yet to set a date for parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in April.

In the referendum, Hungarians will be asked whether they support the holding of seminars on sexual orientation in schools without parental consent and whether they believe that the Should continuing sex reassignment be encouraged in children?

They will also be asked whether media content that may affect sexual orientation should be shown to children without any restrictions.

The legislation passed in June, which the government says is intended to protect children, has caused anxiety in the LGBT community.

(Reported by Krisztina Than and Anita Komuves, edited by Ed Osmond)

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