Fidesz, the party to which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban belongs, has tabled legislative amendments in Parliament aimed at prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality or sex reassignment among underage children in the country.
On June 10, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban tabled legislative amendments aimed at prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality or sex reassignment among minors, according to a text published on the Parliament’s website.
This Fidesz proposal is similar to the Russian law which punishes any act of homosexual “propaganda” aimed at younger people. In practice, educational programs or advertisements by large groups featuring homosexual people – such as that of Coca-Cola, which in 2019 sparked calls for a boycott in the country – would no longer be authorized, according to the report. 11-page document consulted by AFP. Ditto for books on the subject, such as the collection of tales and legends de-dramatizing homosexuality which had been criticized by the Hungarian authorities in the fall of 2020.
In 2013, Russia passed a law banning any promotion of same-sex relationships to people under the age of 18. The law was first passed at the municipal level in St. Petersburg before being approved across the country. It imposes fines for violation of this ban by the media, prohibits the organization of gay pride and the dissemination to minors of information presenting homosexual relations as attractive.
Measures in line with the cultural “new era” defended by Orban
The Fidesz amendments in question are part of an arsenal of measures against pedophilia. These include the creation of a publicly accessible database of convicted persons or their ban from certain professions.
Five NGOs – including Amnesty International and Budapest Pride – immediately denounced these amendments in a press release. They consider that, if these clauses are adopted, “freedom of expression and children’s rights would be severely restricted”, accusing Hungary of “copying dictatorial models which go against European values”.
These new proposals from the Hungarian government come at a time when Viktor Orban, who brandishes traditional Christian values loud and clear, is promoting a cultural “new era”. Under his leadership, the Hungarian parliamentarians adopted in December 2020 a legislative package including the traditional notion of family and “gender” in the Constitution, and de facto prohibiting adoption by same-sex couples.