Hungary plans to ban 'promoting' homosexuality to under-18s

Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (June 11, 2021) — Hungary’s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material of any kind, or any content encouraging gender change or homosexuality to anyone under 18.

The party describes the new legislation as part of an effort to protect children from pedophilia.

Fidesz, the governing party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, tabled the legislation in the Hungarian Parliament on Thursday. It includes a bill aimed at fighting child abuse along with various amendments prohibiting transmitting information about same-sex relationships.

The bills are scheduled to be debated on Monday and be voted on Tuesday. They are expected to pass easily given that Fidesz has a majority in parliament.

Pro-homosexuals immediately denounced the move comparing it to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

Gabriella Selmeczi, a lawmaker with Fidesz who is among those who introduced the legislation, denied that it is discriminatory or anti-liberal.

“True liberalism is when children are left alone with questions about their sexual orientation until the age of 18,” she said.

The legislation prohibits making pornographic content available to anyone under the age of 18, “as well as content that depicts sexuality for its own sake, or promotes or displays deviations from the identity of the sex of birth, gender reassignment or homosexuality.”

This also applies to advertisements and education.

 

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