EUROPE — (07-16-21) — Brussels announced on Friday they’ve launched legal action against Hungary over its controversial new anti-LGBT law that has been condemned as discriminatory across the European Union.
The political row began last month when Hungarian MPs passed the Children Protection Act, with the sole purpose of safeguarding children’s wellbeing and fighting pedophilia. However as part of the overall text, otherwise known as the ‘fine print”, anti-LGBT lawmakers from Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party introduced an amendment prohibiting the portrayal of homosexuality and gender reassignment in content, like school education material and television programs, that are targeted towards minors as normal behavior.
The text ignited an immediate political firestorm, with a majority of EU countries together with the European Commission and the European Parliament, denouncing the law’s text as anti-LGBTIQ in nature.
The Hungarian government responded to Brussells by saying their new law doesn’t discriminate against any particular community and its sole purpose is the protection of children.
“The recently adopted Hungarian bill protects the rights of children, guarantees the rights of parents and does not apply to the sexual orientation rights of those over 18 years of age, so it does not contain any discriminatory elements,” Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said last month.
The European Commission said on Friday that they are taking legal action, arguing the Hungarian legislation runs counter to several EU laws and principles. They’ve also announced that the law violates human dignity, freedom of expression and information, the right to respect of a private life as well as the right to non-discrimination.
A formal notice is the first step in an infringement procedure to take legal actions against Hungary.
The European Commission has given the Hungarian government two months to reply. If the response is not considered satisfactory or doesn’t materialize, Brussels will resort to harsher measures.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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