Viktor Orban has decided to call a referendum on the law banning the representation of gay people in school textbooks in Hungary, at the center of the tug-of-war with the European Union. The premier announced this in a video on Facebook, stating that the measure aims to ban the “promotion of homosexuality” against minors. But according to Brussels, the law discriminates against the LGBTQ community. The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure, giving Budapest two months to respond, after also asking the government to withdraw the law.
“Homosexuality is equated with pornography. This law uses the protection of children (…) in order to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation “, said the president of the European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen, adding that the law is contrary to the protection of minorities and respect for human rights and “profoundly contradicts the fundamental values of the EU”.
“Lately the Commission has been blackmailing Hungary for defending minors,” said the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, in a Facebook reaction to the European Commission’s assessment of the rule of law and independence of justice in Hungary. To corroborate today’s decision, the Hungarian president refers to the referendum five years ago, when citizens demonstrated, “the common will of the people to prevent Brussels from forcing us to welcome migrants. We stopped them then, we can stop them now, ”he stressed.