Hungary has recently passed a law that allows citizens to anonymously report same-sex couples who are raising children to authorities. This controversial law has been met with criticism from the international community, and has gone into effect despite warnings from the European Union.
What Does The Law Say?
The new law bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change. It was passed by Hungary's parliament on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 and went into effect on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021. The law also prohibits adoption by same-sex couples and the recognition of gender changes in official documents.
The European Union has warned Hungary against this new law, citing it as a violation of human rights and an infringement on LGBT+ rights. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also released a statement saying that “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and the groups who work to protect them are under fresh pressure in Hungary.” In response to these criticisms, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that “Hungary is a Christian country” and that he will not allow any “gender ideology” to be taught in schools.
Impact On LGBT+ Community In Hungary
This new law could have serious implications for LGBT+ people living in Hungary. According to EqualDex, LGBT people face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. They also report that homosexuality is legal in Hungary for both men and women but there is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships or marriage equality in the country. This new law could further limit the rights of LGBT+ people living in Hungary by making it easier for citizens to report same-sex couples who are raising children without fear of retribution or punishment.
Despite warnings from the European Union, Hungary's controversial anti-LGBT law has gone into effect which could have serious implications for LGBT+ people living in the country. This new law makes it easier for citizens to report same-sex couples who are raising children without fear of punishment or retribution which could lead to further discrimination against members of the LGBT+ community in Hungary.
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