Hungary to hold referendum on LGBT+ rights and trans kids made up of 5 toxic questions
Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orban has declared a national referendum on “child protection” in an escalating battle with the EU over LGBT+ rights.
Orban made the announcement on Wednesday (21 July), days after the European Commission threatened legal action over his controversial “LGBT+ propaganda” ban.
After labelling the challenge an act of “legalised hooliganism,” the far-right leader heightened tensions by accusing the EU executive of abusing its powers and “attacking” Hungary.
“The future of our children is at stake, so we cannot cede ground in this issue,” he said in a Facebook video.
“In the past weeks, Brussels has clearly attacked Hungary over its child protection law. Hungarian laws do not permit sexual propaganda in kindergarten, schools, on television and in advertisements.”
The discriminatory legislation, which bans the portrayal of LGBT+ people in media, school materials and advertisements, runs counter to several EU laws and could lead to heavy sanctions if Orban refuses to repeal it.
Hungary referendum will include ‘five questions’.
The prime minister did not announce when the planned referendum would be held, but said it would include five questions, Reuters reports.
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