Orban: EU Commission, Parliament want LGBTQ activists in schools

“The positions are very clear, everything is clear and understandable. The European Parliament and the European Commission want LGBTQ activists and organisations to be allowed into kindergartens and schools,” Orban said. [EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC]

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has said that EU institutions are planning to send LGBTQ activists into the country’s schools, Telex reported.

“Brussels wants to send LGBTQ activists to Hungarian schools. We will not let this happen!” Orbán wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday in reaction to the preceding day’s debate in the European Parliament on the country’s new law banning “portrayal or promotion” of LGBTQI+ content to minors.

Departing on a trip to Belgrade, Orbán described the debate from which he was absent “useful”.

“The positions are very clear, everything is clear and understandable. The European Parliament and the European Commission want LGBTQ activists and organisations to be allowed into kindergartens and schools,” he added.

Activists erected a 10-metre rainbow heart in front of Hungary’s parliament in protest against the law that came into force on Thursday. The controversial legislation bans “promoting or portraying” homosexuality or sex reassignment to minors and limits sexual education in schools.

On the same day, the European Parliament with a 459 to 147 majority passed a resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms” the legislation and called on the European Commission to launch an accelerated procedure against EU countries breaking bloc law.

Reacting to the vote, Hungarian ruling party Fidesz MEPs called the resolution “disgraceful”.

“Hungary is a well-functioning democracy. They can’t force us to kneel, they can’t starve us!” they said on Twitter. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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