Hungary to hold referendum on LGBT issues by early 2022


Hungary will hold a referendum on laws limiting school education on homosexuality and transgender issues later this year or earlier next year, Prime Minister Victor Oban said Thursday.

Orban announced a referendum on Wednesday, strengthening the cultural war with the European Union.

Last week, the European Commission launched legal action on the measures contained in the amendments to the Education and Child Protection Act. If successful, Brussels will be able to withhold funding to Hungary while the restrictions are maintained.

“For Hungary, there is much more debate in favor than against joining the European Union. Joining the EU was the right decision, and it is in our national interest, and it is still the case,” said Oban’s Chief of Staff. Gergely Gulyas said at a weekly press conference.

However, Hungary commented on what he called the “club rules” and said he believed he had the right to make his own decisions on the issue of not transferring authority to EU institutions.

When asked about the referendum, the EU Commission said it considered Hungarian law to be discriminatory, but did not interfere with the policy-making methods chosen by Member States.

This measure prohibits the use of materials in schools that are considered to promote homosexuality and transsexuals.

Goulash said Hungary is still in talks with the Commission on a country’s pandemic recovery plan. But he added that the government would start a pre-financing project from the national budget.

The European Commission raised serious concerns about Poland and Hungary’s compliance with EU policy in a report Tuesday and decided whether to receive billions of euros in EU funding to help recover from a pandemic. May help you.

Olburn, who has been in power since 2010 and will be elected next April, portrays himself as an advocate of traditional Christian values ​​for Western liberalism.

He owes some of his success in the election to a strong attitude towards immigrants, but as the subject ceases to dominate the agenda, he focuses on gender and sexuality issues.

Reuters contributed to this report.