Hungary Bans LGBT and 'Transgender' Content From Being Shown to Children
Hungarian lawmakers pass groundbreaking new law
Hungarian lawmakers passed a law on Tuesday banning LGBT and transgender content from being shown to minors as part of legislation combatting pedophilia.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban's conservative party introduced the measure, and the National Assembly passed the legislation with a 157-1 vote.
“The ruling Fidesz party has a parliamentary majority, and lawmakers from the right-wing Jobbik party also endorsed the measure. One independent lawmaker voted against it,” NPR reported.
But opposition parties failed to show up to the voting session as a form of protesting the legislation.
Critics of the bill said it could lead to harassment based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
LGBT activists gathered to protest the legislation in Budapest.
Csaba Domotor, the Fidesz state secretary, said the goal is “the protection of children,” and not the inclusion of a searchable database of convicted pedophiles, The AP reported.
“Pedophiles won’t be able to hide anymore – there are similar solutions in other countries, too. The criminal code will be even more strict," he said.
"Punishments will be more severe. No one can get away with atrocities with light punishments and parole,” he said.
“Lawmaker Gergely Arato of the Democratic Coalition parliamentary grouping said the changes violate the standards of parliamentary democracy, rule of law and human rights."
Budapest Mayor Karacsony wrote on Facebook:
“On this shameful day, the opposition’s place is not in the parliament but on the streets."
Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth of Germany tweeted:
“Today’s decision in #Hungary’s parliament represents another severe state discrimination against #LGBTIQ people."
“This law goes against everything we regard as our common European values. Full solidarity and support for LGBTIQ people in Hungary.”
Today's decision in #Hungary's parliament represents another severe state discrimination against #LGBTIQ people. This law goes against everything we regard as our common European values. Full solidarity and support for LGBTIQ people in Hungary.— Michael Roth MdB 🇪🇺 (@MiRo_SPD) June 15, 2021
The bill focused on tackling pedophilia by increasing sentences for sex crimes against children.
Additionally, it established a public database of sex offenders, the New York Times reported.
But it had amendments “that ban the representation of any sexual orientation besides heterosexual as well as gender change information in school sex education programs, or in films and advertisements aimed at anyone under 18,” according to NPR.
The passage of the legislation was interpreted as an effort to support the conservative party before the election next year.
Additional rules would be added to the bill last week “require the labeling of all content that might fall into that category of ‘not recommended for those under 18 years of age.’
"Such content would be restricted for media like television to the hours between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The restrictions extend to advertisements and even sexual education, which the law would restrict to teachers and organizations approved by the government.”
Meanwhile, in the U.S, TV networks that were pushing LGBT agendas saw their rating plummet.
Neon Nettle reported that Nickelodeon's viewership took a nosedive while the network pushes radical-left Black Lives Matter (BLM) "social justice" and LGBTQ pride themes with its shows.
Since the beginning of the month, both Nickelodeon and its preschool-targeted network, Nick Jr., have been promoting videos championing “trans,” “queer,” and “pansexual” inclusion.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, Nickelodeon is pushing a new song for Pride Month that features self-described "pro-queer" drag queen Nina West singing a "pro-trans" song for young children.