Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the present day introduced a referendum over an anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that the EU says breaches elementary rights, upping the ante in his struggle with Brussels.
The European Fee final week launched two infringement procedures towards the Hungarian legislation, which censors the portrayal of lesbian, homosexual and trans individuals on TV and in faculties. The leaders of 17 of the EU’s greatest international locations additionally slammed the Hungarian legislation in a joint letter, arguing it undermined elementary rights.
Budapest argues the legislation is supposed to guard minors. However its provisions wouldn’t solely have an effect on intercourse schooling, however particularly single out minorities. Il may cease movies similar to Harry Potter from being broadcast at daytime, in response to Hungarian non-public broadcaster RTL Klub.
“This laws makes use of the safety of kids as an excuse to discriminate towards individuals due to their sexual orientation,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen stated final week, calling it “a shame”.
Orbán in the present day stated the referendum would ask 5 questions, similar to whether or not Hungarians “help that media programmes which affect kids’s growth shall be aired with out restrictions” or whether or not they’re in favor of together with “completely different sexual orientations” in sexual schooling materials “with out parental consent”.