Hungary calls referendum to gauge native help for controversial new anti-LGBTIQ+ regulation

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has introduced a referendum might be held to gauge home help for a controversial anti-LGBTIQ+ regulation, after the European Fee launched authorized motion in opposition to the federal government over the measure. 

Mr Orban made the announcement in a video posted on his Fb web page on Wednesday.

The laws, which features a ban on the “depiction or promotion” of homosexuality and gender reassignment to under-18s, has drawn scorn throughout Europe.

It has been billed by the federal government as a technique to shield kids, however opponents argue that it conflates paedophilia with homosexuality and stigmatises the LGBTIQ+ group.

Mr Orban mentioned the referendum would come with 5 questions, together with asking residents in the event that they agree that colleges needs to be permitted to “discuss sexuality to their kids with out their consent”. 

It would additionally ask individuals in the event that they help “the promotion of intercourse reassignment therapy for minors” or the “unrestricted publicity of youngsters to dangerous sexual content material”.

He urged all individuals to reply “no” to the questions. 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.


No date has been set for the referendum, which he introduced as a listing of calls for that the European Union wish to impose on Hungary. 

The regulation has sparked a row between Brussels and Budapest, in addition to protests in opposition to the regulation inside and outdoors of Hungary.

The European Fee has launched an infringement process in opposition to the regulation, which got here into drive this month, saying it violates EU guidelines on rights to freedom of expression, in addition to free commerce and provision of providers. 

Hungary swiftly hit again, accusing Brussels of interfering in home affairs final week.


EU fee chief Ursula von der Leyen has known as the regulation a “shame” and mentioned that the EU govt would use “all powers out there” to drive Hungary to repeal or modify the regulation.

An infringement process entails a number of steps and will drag out over years to finally go to the European Court docket of Justice, which might impose monetary penalties.

Hungary has two months to reply to the arguments put ahead by the fee earlier than the process enters the following stage.

Hungary has additionally accused Brussels of holding off on its approval of its COVID-19 restoration plan due to its opposition to the anti-LGBTIQ+ regulation.

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