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Orbán: New Law Banning ‘Promotion of Homosexuality’ Not Homophobic

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.06.18.

Prime Minister Orbán claims the recently adopted law against pedophiles, which also bans the “promotion of homosexuality,” which according to its critics conflates pedophilia with LGBTQI issues, is not homophobic and urges gay people to read the text of the law.

Commenting on reports claiming that Hungary’s law against pedophiles, approved this Tuesday, is homophobic, Orbán said first of all, it would be worth it for gay people to read the text of the law. They will realize that it does not apply to those over 18, he said, adding that the law was dedicated to the “protection of our children.”

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The starting point of the law is that the sexual education of children is exclusively the job of parents and no institution can take that right away, Orbán said.

The law states that parents must be guaranteed the right to decide the sexual education given to their children and very clear limits must be set for sexual education at school, he said. Children must be protected from access to information on any platform that would be contrary to the educational ideas of parents, he added.

In response to a question, Orbán said he did not expect Brussels to find any aspect of the law that could justify launching an infringement procedure in this matter.

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