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Hungary Passes New Anti-LGBTQ Laws

By Charlotte Robinson, December 18, 2020

The Hungarian Parliament has passed a package of laws this week including some that specifically target & discriminate against their LGBTQ citizens. The new laws bars gay & lesbian couples from adopting children in Hungary. Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President stated, “The Hungarian Parliament has blatantly & maliciously attacked the human rights of LGBTQ people & their families. These measures are discriminatory & leaders in Hungary must right this wrong by reversing these antiquated & harmful laws.” The new law defines family as man as the father & a woman as the mother excluding gay & lesbian couples & making it harder for single parents to adopt. Hungary only recognizes civil unions for gay & lesbian couples & the ruling Fidesz party opposes allowing legal marriage for same gender couples. In May Hungary made it illegal for transgender people to change their gender identity on identification documents & earlier that month the country lost points in a ranking of European countries for LGBTQ rights by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA) because of “policies targeting LGBTQ communities.” The Háttér Society a leading LGBTQ advocacy organization in Hungary addressed why these laws are harmful for all Hungarians citizens & children. The Háttér Society is one of the oldest & largest LGBTQI NGOs in Hungary. It operates a telephone hotline, a legal aid service, an HIV/AIDS prevention program & an archive documenting the history of the LGBT movement in Hungary.  For More Info...

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