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Hungary plans referendum on law criticized by EU as homophobic

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Participants gather near the parliament building in Budapest on June 14, 2021, during a demonstration against the Hungarian government's draft bill seeking to ban the "promotion" of homosexuality and sex changes, which will be discussed by Hungarian MPs tomorrow. - The Hungarian ruling party of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on June 10, 2021 introduced legislative amendments seeking to ban the "promotion" of homosexuality and sex changes. The move was swiftly denounced by Amnesty International, Budapest Pride and three other rights groups who compared the Fidesz party proposals to a similar law in Russia which punished acts of homosexual "propaganda" aimed at young people. If the Hungarian move becomes law it would effectively ban educational programmes and publicity of LGBT groups, according to the 11-page document seen by AFP. (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI / AFP) (Photo by GERGELY BESENYEI/AFP via Getty Images)

Hungary's right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has proposed a referendum on the country's controversial new LGBTQ law. The move is in response to the European Union which lambasted the new measure by the member state.

(CNN)Hungary's right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has proposed a referendum on the country's controversial new LGBTQ law.

In a Facebook video on Wednesday, the hardline leader outlined a five-question vote that will ask the public if they support the "promotion" of content related to sexual orientation to children.

Hungarian laws do not permit sexual propaganda in kindergartens, schools, on television and in advertisements," Orban said in a Facebook video.

Members of the European Parliament and other European leaders have criticized the new policy, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte saying that Hungary has "no place in the EU. "

Seventeen other member states pointedly signed a letter to the presidents of the EU institutions, reiterating their support for human rights as outlined in Article 2 of the treaties of the European Union.

The European Commission last week announced infringement proceedings against Orban's government in relation to the law.

Hungarian laws do not permit sexual propaganda in kindergartens, schools, on television and in advertisements," Orban said in the video.

Orban has maintained that the law -- approved in parliament last month -- is not about violating LGBTQ rights as critics argue, but about preserving parents' rights to choose how to educate their children.

A spokesperson for the European Commission said it would not comment on Orban's statement -- as is standard practice when any member state announces a referendum -- but referred CNN to the infringement procedure it launched last week.

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