After migration, judicial independence or media freedom, the issue of gender has become another factor of division within the European Union (EU).
This is the Hungarian bill, deemed discriminatory against homosexuals and due to enter into force on 1is July, which sparked such a lively controversy, in recent days, that the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, decided to include it on the menu of the summit of heads of state and government, expected in Brussels for a summit, Thursday June 24 and Friday 25.
On Tuesday in Luxembourg, fourteen member countries co-signed a text expressing a “Deep concern” on legislation which, according to the signatories, clearly discriminates against LGBT people and violates “Freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting children”. The statement deplores a violation of “Inclusion, human dignity and equality, fundamental values of our Union”. The Benelux countries, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, the Scandinavian states and the Baltics, the only former eastern countries on the list, approved the text. Portugal, which holds the rotating EU presidency, invoked its duty of reserve. Austria, Italy and Greece rallied the signatories a little later, bringing their number to seventeen.
Faced with this coalition, the Hungarian Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, spoke of the “Right to defend our families and educate our children, a sovereign right in which there are no competing competences of the EU”. “It’s a grotesque law”, replied his Swedish counterpart. French Secretary of State Clément Beaune denounced a “Dangerous assimilation between pornography and homosexuality”, judging that “This type of confusion can lead to hatred.” “Unfounded defamation”, Budapest said in a statement released Wednesday evening.
Von der Leyen: “This bill is a disgrace”
Presented and adopted in a few days, on June 15, by members of Fidesz, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the controversial law consists in fact of amendments to anti-pedophilia provisions. They plan to make all “Content that shows or encourages sexuality itself, gender change or homosexuality”.
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