Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban Calls for Referendum on Anti-LGBT Law

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced on July 21 that his government will hold a nationwide referendum on “child protection” issues related to a controversial anti-LGBT law.

In a video statement posted on his official Facebook page, Orban did not say when the referendum will be held, but said that it will contain five questions.

According to media company France 24, the questions will include asking if Hungarians support holding sexual orientation workshops in schools or if they believe gender reassignment procedures should be discussed among children.

The referendum will ask, “Do you support minors being shown, without any restriction, media content of a sexual nature that is capable of influencing their development?”

Hungary’s new “Children Protection Act” came into force earlier this month and it bans the distribution of LGBT content for minors, affecting TV shows and advertisements. It also limits sex education in schools across the country to government-approved individuals and organizations.

The LGBT community and the European Union criticized the bill for being discriminatory and for appearing to conflate homosexuality with pedophilia.

Last July 15, the European Commission launched legal action against Hungary over the anti-LGBT law, claiming that it violates LGBT rights.

Orban’s announcement came three days before the Budapest Pride march on July 24.

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