Discrimination. What does the anti-LGBT + law adopted in Hungary contain?

It is this Thursday that the law comes into force in Hungary prohibiting the dissemination of content on homosexuality to minors. A set of measures that arouses indignation at the top of the European Union, which threatens the country of Victor Orban with sanctions. But what does this text really contain against the LGBT + community?

Disturbing amalgam between pedophilia and homosexuality

Originally, the law adopted in Hungary was aimed at combating child crime. The text proposes in particular to ban pedophiles from certain professions and to create a database accessible to the general public of convicted persons.

But at the beginning of June, members of the far-right party in power, Fidesz, tabled controversial amendments, immediately denounced by defenders of rights as confusing pedophilia and homosexuality.

Pornography and content that depicts sexuality or promotes gender identity deviation, sex reassignment and homosexuality should not be accessible to anyone under the age of 18.

Amendment of Fidesz

The text also denounces the existence of structures “with questionable professional credibility”, which try “to influence the sexual development of children” and can “cause serious damage”.

Evocation of homosexuality banned at school and in works

Concretely, sex education classes will now have to be provided by organizations approved by the State and will have to respect the country’s “constitutional identity” and “its Christian culture”. The subjects related to homosexuality will not be treated during these courses and no NGO will be able to intervene in the establishments to educate “with the sexual orientation or the sexual development”, in particular.

Advertising posters, such as that of Coca-Cola representing a couple of men who had sparked boycott calls in 2019, will no longer be authorized.

As for books, series or films in which homosexuality is evoked, the text stipulates that messages “Forbidden to under 18” will be affixed and broadcast at prime time prohibited. On television, programs which “show a deviation from a person’s biological sex, a change of gender or which portray homosexuality” will therefore be available only at night.

A “deterrent” effect

The law itself does not mention penalties but refers to other texts which provide for fines in the event of an infringement. Where will the bar be set? Hard to say. But publishers and NGOs are worried already great classics of cinema and literature can be withdrawn from school curricula.

“The text is, by design, very ambiguous”, in the eyes of Zsolt Szekeres, representative of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), a human rights NGO. “We do not yet fully know the consequences”, but this law will certainly have, he is alarmed, a “dissuasive effect” on the organizers of events such as the Pride March, scheduled for July 24 in the Hungarian capital.

If a zealous citizen denounces parents for having endangered the life of a child by showing them this “representation” of homosexuality, how will the police and the court react? So many unanswered questions.

Andras Lederer, from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

For her part, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen did not mince words, declared Wednesday that this law was “a shame”. She also threatened to start an infringement procedure for violation of EU law against Hungary.

For 10 years, the hardening of anti-LGBT + laws in Hungary

Faced with criticism, Viktor Orban assures us that the law is not homophobic and aims to “protect the rights of children”. The Hungarian head of state also accused his European counterparts of behaving like “colonialists” who want to “dictate” their law.

The law is not about homosexuals, it is about how parents want to educate their children about sex.

Victor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister

Before Orban’s return in 2010, Hungary was one of the most progressive countries in the region: homosexuality had been decriminalized there in the early 1960s and civil union between same-sex spouses recognized as early as 1996. But the prime minister has toughened the legislation over the years, which has helped fuel anti-gay sentiment in the media and politicians.

Regularly accused of flouting the values ​​of the EU, Hungary last year banned the registration of sex reassignment in civil status and made adoption by same-sex couples impossible. Today, Hungary is one of seven EU member countries to have constitutionally defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman, thus preventing legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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