Hungarian president vetoes controversial anti-LGBT law

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04/24/2023

In a surprising move, Hungarian President Katalin Novak rejected the new law that restricts the rights of homosexual and transsexual people on April 21. It marks the first time that Novak, a former Fidesz minister who has been 11 months in office, objected to a law that is of great importance to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. On April 11, parliament approved legislation with a two-thirds majority that aimed to transpose an EU directive protecting whistleblowers, but a clause in the law stipulates that citizens can anonymously report same-sex couples raising children together for breaching “constitutionally recognised role of marriage and the family”. According to the Hungarian president, the legal text does not comply with EU directives which are supposed to protect whistleblowers in institutions and companies and the controversial chapter “does not strengthen but rather weakens the protection of fundamental values”, Novak wrote in a letter to parliament.

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