Hungary passes law allowing citizens to report same-sex parents to law enforcement

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04/14/2023

Hungary has just passed a law empowering citizens to report same-sex families with kids to local authorities for violating the “constitutionally recognized role of marriage and the family.” Hungary’s rabidly anti-LGBTQ+ Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is expected to sign it into law. Hungary’s constitution defines marriage as “between one man and one woman” noting, “the mother is a woman, the father is a man.” It’s unclear what penalties same-sex parents might face under the new law. But its passage would allow government authorities to harass and prosecute same-sex couples just for raising families. The law would continue Orbán’s attacks on same-sex families. In 2022, the European Commission, the E.U.’s politically independent executive arm, brought a lawsuit against Hungary to the European Court of Justice, accusing Hungary of widespread institutional anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination. Several E.U. member states — including Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, and Spain — have joined the lawsuit.

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