Advertising for sex reassignment or sex education books dealing with homosexuality will be banned in Hungary in the future. The Foreign Minister has now justified the law – it serves to protect children.
Hungary has defended a law against criticism from Germany and other EU members that prohibits “advertising” for homosexuality or sex reassignment among minors. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at a meeting of EU European Ministers in Luxembourg that the law is not directed against a minority and is intended to protect minors from pedophiles. He accused critics of “spreading false information” and protested against interference in “national competencies” in Hungary.
Several EU countries criticized the law passed last week. European Minister of State Michael Roth (SPD) announced in Luxembourg that Germany would join a declaration by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. “We have to send a clear signal,” he said. The decision of the Hungarian Parliament “clearly violates EU values. There should be absolutely no doubt that minorities, including sexual minorities, should be treated with respect.”
“Wrong what happens here”
Ireland’s Minister of State for Europe, Thomas Byrne, also supported the Benelux declaration. “This is wrong with what is happening here,” he said. He was “very worried”. The EU Commission announced last week that it would examine the law for possible violations of EU law.
The draft law was introduced by the Fidesz party of the right-wing nationalist head of government Viktor Orbán and passed in parliament on Tuesday last week. Educational programs on homosexuality or advertising by large companies that declare their solidarity with homosexuals should therefore be banned in the future, as well as educational books on the subject.
Hungary has been pilloried in the EU for years because of restrictions on minority rights, freedom of the media and opposition rights. On Tuesday, the European Ministers will again deal with the situation as part of a procedure that can theoretically lead to the withdrawal of voting rights at EU level.