The dispute over the Hungarian law on the censorship of information material on homosexuality and transgender people continues. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has now defended himself during the EU summit in Brussels with surprising reasoning.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has rejected criticism of his country’s new LGBT law and portrayed himself as a fighter for gay rights. “I am a fighter for your rights,” Orbán said on Thursday when he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels. Homosexuality was punished under communism, “and I fought for your freedom and your rights,” Orbán said, adding: “But the law is not about that.”
Rather, it is about how parents want to educate their children on sexual issues. That is solely a matter for the parents. “That’s what the law is about.”
The regulation passed by the parliament in Budapest, but not yet in force, provides for censoring materials about homosexuality and transgender people. It includes a ban on books, films and other content carriers that are accessible to children and young people and in which sexuality is presented that differs from heterosexuality. In addition, it bans advertising in which homosexuals or transsexuals appear as part of normalcy.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the law “a shame” and announced that she would take action against it. 16 of the 27 EU heads of state and government, including Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), spoke in a joint letter of a “threat to fundamental rights”. EU Council President Charles Michel announced that the issue would be the subject of discussions at the summit in the evening.
The Polish ambassador in Berlin, Andrzej Przylebski, defended the Hungarian government against European criticism. “The right of the Hungarian parliament to legally protect school children from preoccupation with the homosexual problem” is “evident and indubitable”, said Przylebski to the editorial network Germany. This has nothing to do with intolerance, let alone persecuting homosexuals or restricting their civil rights.
As far as he knows, the law is limited to schooling, so its purpose is to protect children from early sexualization, said Przylebski. “I find the attempt to denounce the Hungarian people by the planned lighting of the stadium in Munich during the Germany-Hungary football game inappropriate and hurtful,” said the ambassador.