BRUSSELS — (07-15-22) — The European Commission has referred Hungary to the Court of Justice over its violations of LGBT rights with its new anti-LGBT Law and freedom of speech. The move by the EU was announced on Friday as part of the Commission’s regular release of infringement decisions.

Budapest is being called out over its controversial Children Protection Act, a law that was originally designed to tackle pedophilia and generally safeguard children’s wellbeing. However the law was amended last year to ban the display of homosexual content or gender change in education programs for those under the age of 18 or, in media programming that targets minors.

While the anti-LGBT amendment has been harshly criticized by multiple rights groups as discriminatory, Hungary’s ruling conservative party Fidesz, insisted it was needed to shield children from pedophilia.

The EU Commission released the following statement:

“The protection of children is an absolute priority for the EU and its Member States. However, the Hungarian law contains provisions which are not justified on the basis of promoting this fundamental interest or are disproportionate to achieve the stated objective,” said the EU Commission, claiming that the anti-LGBT legislation violates multiple EU rules.

While Brussels had previously raised its concerns over the law with Budapest, the latter failed to act, the Commission noted. Now, it’s bringing Hungary to court over its anti-LGBT legislation which “discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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