Dutch Prime Minister Says ‘Hungary Has No Place in the EU’ With Anti-LGBT Law

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Hungary “has no place” in the European Union (EU) because of its new law banning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) content for minors.

“For me, Hungary has no place in the EU anymore,” Rutte told reporters before attending an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on June 24.

Rutte added that he cannot push Hungary out of the EU “on his own,” but it “has to happen step by step” with 26 other EU leaders.

“The long-term aim is to bring Hungary to its knees on this issue,” Rutte further said.

Rutte’s remarks follows a pledge from 17 EU leaders that they would “continue fighting against discrimination of the LGBTI community, reaffirming our defense of their fundamental rights” in a joint letter.

The letter did not directly mention Hungary or its new controversial law that bans the distribution of content that promote homosexuality or gender transition in schools and advertisements for minors.

However, the signatories wrote that the letter was “in the light of threats against fundamental rights and in particular the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.”

The European Commission also earlier said that it would take legal steps against Hungary’s anti-LGBT law.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended the new law, insisting that it was “not against homosexuality.”

“It’s about the right of the kids and the parents,” Orban told reporters, adding that the EU leaders who oppose the law misread it.

“Always better to read first, then criticize later

Orban also said that he would not withdraw the legislation, despite criticisms from EU leaders, as well as from human rights groups.

“The law is already announced, it’s published, and it’s done,” Orban said.

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