Europe “urges” countries to sue Budapest over anti-gay laws
The European Parliament is expected to condemn on Wednesday “in the strongest possible terms” Hungary’s new law punishing any mention of LGBTQ + issues in school teaching materials or television broadcasts.
In a rare move, MEPs will debate a motion to ‘call on’ countries to sue Budapest in EU courts over the law which they say is’ a flagrant violation of EU values “. Thursday’s vote should be a formality, as the major center-left, liberal, conservative and green groups in parliament all support the measure.
Hungary has been slowly backing down on LGBTQ + rights for years, but last month the country went further than ever, banning minors from content depicting homosexuality or gender divergence at birth, including in movies, television, advertisements and schools.
After Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was lambasted by fellow EU leaders at a summit in Brussels last month, he claimed his main aim was to target pedophilia.
Parliament’s draft resolution states that “the amalgamation between sexual orientation and gender identity and pedophilia or attacks on children’s rights shows a clear attempt to instrumentalize the language of human rights in order to adopt discriminatory policies. “, Adding that he” considers that this is contrary to the principles and international standards of human rights.
The European Commission is already investigating whether the law discriminates against LGBTQ + people, while the Council of Europe, made up of 47 countries, a Strasbourg-based human rights body, has urged Hungary to remove it.
Last year, Hungarian MPs amended the country’s constitution to effectively ban the adoption of children by unmarried or gay couples. The vote came just two weeks after one of the architects of the Hungarian anti-homosexual crusade, extremist conservative MEP Jozsef Szájer, was arrested by police during an all-male sex party in Brussels.