The Hungarian National Assembly overwhelmingly passed a law on June 15 that bans the distribution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) content for minors.
The parliament voted 157 to one to approve a legislation that outlaws the dissemination of content deemed to promote homosexuality or gender transition in schools for those aged under 18 years, despite a massive protest against the bill and a boycott to vote by left-wing opposition lawmakers.
The law sets up an official list of individuals and organizations who can provide sex education in schools across the country.
The law also prohibits companies and large organizations from showing LGBTI advertisements to minors.
“There are contents which children under a certain age can misunderstand and which may have a detrimental effect on their development at the given age, or which children simply cannot process, and which could therefore confuse their developing moral values or their image of themselves or the world,” Hungarian government spokesperson said, as quoted by British news outlet The Guardian.
The measure, which was added onto a bill intended to impose harsher penalties for pedophilia, received wide support from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party, as it intensified its campaign against LGBTI rights.
According to leftist opposition parties and human rights groups, the legislation wrongly conflates pedophilia with the LGBTI community.
The Hungarian chapter of Amnesty International has described the passing of the law as “a dark day for LGBTI rights and for Hungary.”
“Like the infamous Russian ‘propaganda law,’ this new legislation will further stigmatize LGBTI people and their allies,” Amnesty International’s Hungarian Chapter Director Dávid Vig said in a statement, accusing the move as a “deliberate attempt by the Hungarian government to conflate pedophilia with LGBTI people.”
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