EU Parliament Votes for Action Against Hungary’s Anti-LGBT Law

The European Parliament on July 8 voted in favor of legal action against Hungary’s new law that bans the distribution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) content for minors.

With 459 votes in favor, 147 against, and 58 abstentions, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms” the Hungarian anti-LGBTI law as “a clear breach” of the values, principles, and law of the European Union (EU).

With the resolution, though non-binding, the parliament called for urgent legal action from the European Commission and at the European Court of Justice against the Hungarian law.

The parliament also called to reduce EU budget allocations to member states that breach the rule of law.

In the resolution, the parliament emphasized that the passing of the anti-LBT law in Hungary was not an isolated incident, but was a part of a broader pattern of political censorship, noting that Hungary amended its Constitution to declare that “the mother is a woman and the father is a man” and launched the de facto ban of legal gender recognition for transgender and intersex persons.

The Hungarian anti-LGBTI law “constitutes another intentional and premeditated example of the gradual dismantling of fundamental rights in Hungary,” the parliament stressed.

“These human rights violations are part of a broader political agenda to break down democracy and the rule of law, including media freedom, and should be considered a systemic violation of EU values,” the parliament said in a statement.

Hungary’s anti-LGBTI law, which the Hungarian Parliament overwhelmingly passed last June 15 took effect on July 8. It outlaws the distribution of content deemed to promote homosexuality or gender transition in schools for those aged under 18 years, while also affecting advertisements and sex education.


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