Fidesz presses ahead with holding referendum claimed homophobic by critics

Experts claim this would allow Fidesz to coordinate its parliamentary election campaign with the so-called child protection referendum. [EPA-EFE/MARTON MONUS]

On Tuesday the legislative voted for holding, likely on the same day as parliamentary elections next spring, what the ruling Fidesz calls a “child protection” referendum, widely considered to be targeting the LGBTQI community, Telex reported via national press agency MTI.

The parliamentary resolution contains four questions.

  • Do you support the holding of activities presenting sexual orientations to underage children in a public education establishment without parental consent?
  • Do you support the promotion of sex reassignment therapy for underage children?
  • Do you support the presentation of sexual media content to minors that could affect their development without restrictions?
  • Do you support the presentation of media content portraying gender reassignment to minors?

On 9 November, the ruling majority amended regulations so that it became possible to hold a referendum and parliamentary elections on the same day.

Experts claim this would allow Fidesz to coordinate its parliamentary election campaign with the so-called child protection referendum.

Prime minister Viktor Orbán announced the referendum on 21 July, only days after news broke of the Pegasus scandal, which revealed that Israeli cyber company NSO’s spyware programme has been used for years to hack smartphones of Hungarian investigative journalists, wealthy businessmen and opposition politicians.

(Vlad Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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