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Jobbik Leader Jakab’s Comments on LGBTQ Adoption Generates Tension Between Opposition Alliance

Hungary Today 2021.03.09.

Péter Jakab believes that a family consists of a father and a mother, and Jobbik’s candidate for Prime Minister would “never fight for a child to have three fathers,” as he worded his standpoint on LGBTQ adoption in an interview with independent news site Telex. Several politicians of other opposition parties in alliance with Jobbik reacted to Jakab’s statement, some lambasted him, calling his comments hurtful, while others defended the president of Jobbik.

Reflecting on a question about the new “family is family” campaign in Hungary promoting the acceptance of same-sex couples and their right to adoption, the leader of opposition Jobbik said he can only “take a conservative stance” on the issue.

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”To put it bluntly: I will never fight for a child to have three fathers,” Péter Jakab said. The politician believes a family consists of one father and one mother.

Jakab’s comments were met with criticism as some deemed his comments to be hurtful.

In reaction to Jakab’s statements, the president of opposition liberal Momentum said on Monday: “I think I understand what the party chairman wanted to say: he tried to word a very conservative stance, which, however was also very hurtful.”

“It is a hurtful and wrong position because we shouldn’t send the message that a child is better off growing up in an institution rather than in a loving, caring family even if it is made up of two parents of the same sex,” said András Fekete-Győr.

“Of course words can be twisted, but statements like this in practice, in reality, always lead to one thing: that more children are orphaned, living in a state institution.”

The disagreement between the two politicians is particularly interesting as both parties are members of the six-party opposition alliance. Also, the leader of Momentum and Jobbik have both announced to run in the pre-selection process to determine who will become the joint opposition parties’ candidate for Prime Minister at the upcoming 2022 general elections, and according to a recent poll, Jobbik is “stealing” sympathizers from Momentum.

András Fekete-Győr thinks, it may surprise some that the presidents of two allied parties are opposed on such an important issue, but debates during the pre-selection are natural.

Fekete-Győr also highlighted that “Insofar as there is a disagreement between us, Péter Jakab is my fellow fighter and will remain as such,” also adding that should  Jakab win the pre-election, he will, of course, continue to fight beside him.

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A politician from another opposition party also responded to the Jobbik president’s comments.

If we deem all such remarks homophobic and inciting it will make it impossible for us to have a proper dialogue,” Péter Ungár, a lawmaker of green opposition LMP told Telex.

According to Ungár who came out in 2019, what the president of Jobbik said was not homophobic. “Just because someone criticizes, say the LGBTQ movement, isn’t going to be automatically homophobic. The MP added: “you can’t make a civil war out of everything, we have to try to convince each other.”

But Ungár also emphasized that his and his party’s stance on the issue is different than Jakab’s. He hopes that they can reach a compromise with Jobbik and the leader of the party. But the LMP politician also added that according to his party, the institution of marriage is not the most important family policy issue today in Hungary.

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The issue of adoption is a heavily-debated topic in Hungary right now, especially after parliament adopted a motion in December, according to which in the future, single people can only adopt a child with special ministerial approval. According to many, the change was clearly against same-sex couples, who in the past could only adopt by taking advantage of this legal loophole.

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