The Hungarian government announced that the measures of its controversial anti-LGTBQ (lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and ‘queer’) law will also apply near churches, as was already the case with schools.
This law, passed on June 15, was initially promoted to combat child abuse and child abuse, but was amended to pursue all “promotion of homosexuality” among those under 18 years of age.
The government decree regulates the “promotion or dissemination” of products that “express homosexuality“or represent a” deviation of identity with respect to the sex of birth “.
The sale of these products will be prohibited in stores within a radius of 200 meters from churches, schools and child protection institutions, the government announced on Friday night.
This law caused a new conflict between Hungary and the European Union (EU).
The president of the European Commission, Úrsula von der Leyen, described it as “disgrace” and the Commission launched a punishment process against Hungary, since the law would attack the bloc’s regulations regarding freedom of expression, as well as free trade and the provision of services.
Following the announcement of these measures, the Hungarian delegation of Amnesty International stated that this law “will fall sooner or later”.
“In the meantime, it is everyone’s responsibility not to give in to the hate speech of this infamous government,” the organization said Saturday in a statement on Facebook.
Editors, televisions and teachers fear that the text will eliminate books from the school curriculum or exclude prime-time movies if they feature homosexual characters.
On July 21, Orban announced the holding of a national referendum to assess support for this controversial law, although the date on which it will take place is not yet known.
Some analysts claim that Orban is applying against the community LGTB the same strategy as against immigration, in an effort to shore up its conservative voter base, one year from the election.