icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Hungary’s election committee green lights questions for referendum over contentious LGBT law

Hungary’s election committee green lights questions for referendum over contentious LGBT law
Hungary’s election authority signed off the government’s list of five questions on Friday ahead of a referendum on a law prohibiting the dissemination of content “promoting” homosexuality or gender reassignment in schools.

The decision by the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) gives the green light for the referendum, which Prime Minister Viktor Orban aims to hold by early 2022, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Orban announced the referendum on July 21 after the European Commission launched legal action against the member state over the law, which EU officials claim violates the bloc’s value of protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination.

The referendum will ask Hungarian citizens if they back preventing schools from holding workshops about sexual orientation without the consent of parents, as well as whether they agree with prohibiting the promotion of gender reassignment procedures.

Also on rt.com Hungary’s PM condemns EU’s ‘ideological war’ after bloc seeks two-month delay to country’s recovery-plan talks

Alongside addressing the existing legislation, voters will be asked to consider if content that could affect the sexual orientation of children should be available without restrictions and if children should be prohibited from getting gender reassignment treatment. 

The Hungarian leader has condemned the EU for attempting to pressure the country into revoking the legislation on LGBT issues, claiming that the bloc is leading an “ideological war” against his fellow countrymen.

Prime Minister Orban has claimed that the EU is seeking to dictate Hungary’s domestic affairs, including importing the actions of LGBT activists elsewhere, visiting “kindergartens and schools” and conducting “sexual education classes.”

While Hungary argues that the legislation is about protecting children from paedophilia, the European Commission claims it “uses the protection of children as an excuse to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.”

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts