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Hungarian lawmakers banned LGBTQ propaganda from being spoon-fed to minors, according to The Daily Wire.
“Pedophiles won’t be able to hide any more – there are similar solutions in other countries, too. The criminal code will be even more strict. Punishments will be more severe. No one can get away with atrocities with light punishments and parole.”
“Lawmaker Gergely Arato, of the Democratic Coalition parliamentary grouping, said the changes violate the standards of parliamentary democracy, rule of law and human rights.”
“On this shameful day, the opposition’s place is not in the parliament but on the streets,” Budapest Mayor Karacsony said.
“Today’s decision in #Hungary’s parliament represents another severe state discrimination against #LGBTIQ people,” Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth said.
“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 Daily Wire reported, “Pirates and Princesses, a popular entertainment site specializing in Disney-related news, reports Nickelodeon YouTube videos were ‘downvoted to such a degree that they’ve now hidden the ratio.’ The site also says the network has seen a major decline in viewers since it began overtly pushing the LGBTQ agenda to its young viewers.”
From The Daily Wire:
Lawmakers in Hungary passed a law Tuesday that would prohibit showing LGBT and transgender content to minors as part of legislation to combat pedophilia.
The ruling conservative party to which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban belongs introduced the measure and the National Assembly passed the legislation with a 157-1 vote, as reported by NPR. “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,” the outlet noted.
The other opposition parties reportedly didn’t show up to the voting session as a form of protesting the legislation. Those who are against the bill say that it could lead to stigmatization and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislation sparked protests in Budapest as LGBT activists gathered with others in a failed attempt to block the bill.
Csaba Domotor, the Fidesz state secretary, said the goal is “the protection of children,” noting the inclusion of a searchable database of convicted pedophiles as part of the updates, The Associated Press reported.
The bill reportedly primarily centered on combatting pedophilia by increasing sentences for sex crimes committed against children. It also established a public database of sex offenders, per The New York Times. However, 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.