Hungary vows to defend its cruel anti-LGBTQ+ law after EU legal challenge: ‘We will not surrender’

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03/08/2023

Hungary plans to fight the Court of Justice of the European Union to defend its controversial anti-LGBTQ+ law. The country’s Child Protection Act, which was passed with just one dissenting vote in June 2021, bans the discussion of LGBTQ+ people in schools and in the media. The European Commission launched legal action by referring Hungary to the court in July 2022, saying the law “discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity”. At the time, the commission said the law “singles out and targets content that ‘promotes or portrays’ what it refers to as ‘divergence from self-identity corresponding to sex at birth, sex change or homosexuality’ for individuals under 18”. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (8 March), Hungary’s justice minister, Judit Varga, said she had filed a counter claim with the court.

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