Hungary defends LGBTI+phobic education law

Hungary is defending its education law in the EU Court of Justice, which has been accused of discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. This was reported by Reuters.

Justice Minister Judit Varga announced on Facebook that the government had submitted a counter-claim and would continue to maintain that education is a national matter.

In June 2021, Hungary's anti-LGBT campaign gained momentum when parliament passed a law banning materials promoting homosexuality and gender change in schools. The government argued that the law aimed to protect children, not target the LGBT community.

Varga said the government would continue to protect children and take further measures, but did not specify what they would be. The law has been criticised by rights groups, the EU, and member states. 

The European Commission launched legal action against Hungary in July, arguing that the law violated the freedom of expression and education of LGBT individuals. The case will now be heard by the EU's highest court, fueling tensions over democracy and human rights.

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