EUROPE — (07-21-21) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Wednesday that his government will be holding a referendum on its controversial anti-LGBT law.  Prime Minster Orban made the announcement during a live video on his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

The controversial anti-LGBT law officially called the Children Protection Act, claims to safeguard children’s well-being and fighting pedophilia however, it has been widely criticized worldwide for being discriminatory against members of the LGBT community. In fact the European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over the anti-LGBT law.

Hungary’s outrageous law was passed during Pride Month in June by the Hungarian government. It outlaws depictions of homosexuality and transgender issues in both the school curriculum and on Television shows that are aimed at minors. The bill also outrageously equated homosexuality with pedophilia.

The move was widely criticized by the EU as it contravened Article 21 of the organization’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, which states…”stigmatizing LGBTIQ persons constitute a clear breach of their fundamental right to dignity, as provided for in the EU Charter and international law.”

During the eleven years Prime Minister Orbán has been in office, the country continues to not recognize gay marriage and, in 2020, banned same-sex couples from adopting children. It is also illegal in Hungary for its citizens to change their gender legally.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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