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Hungary’s government proposes ban on same-sex adoption

Budapest, Nov 11 (efe-epa).- Hungary’s government has proposed constitutional change that would effectively prohibit same-sex adoption in a move that would further erode the rights of the country’s LGBTI community.

The motion put forward by Hungary’s justice minister, Judit Varga, is set for parliamentary debate but is likely to be passed by the majority government of nationalist conservative prime minister Viktor Orban.

The change would establish the constitutional definition of parents seeking to adopt as “the mother is a woman, the father is a man.”

Varga said it would also safeguard a child’s “gender identity” and ensure a “healthy” upbringing based on Hungary’s “Christian culture,” which she claimed were under threat from “new and modern” tendencies from the West.

The constitutional amendment would mean that only married, heterosexual couples could adopt children in a process that would be overseen by the ministry of family policy, which would have the power to make exceptions in special circumstances.

LGBTI groups in Hungary said the new proposals would further limit their rights and were another form of stigmatization.

The Háttér Society, an NGO, said the proposals were “against international and European principles on human rights.”

Hungary’s 2011 constitution, adopted by Orban’s government, already defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Same-sex couples, therefore, have no official recognition, the Háttér Society said.

The emergency restrictions enforced in Hungary to stem a vicious second wave of Covid-19 mean that activist groups are unable to protest these proposals in person.

The date of the parliamentary debate and vote on the amendments has yet to be published.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) said in its Rainbow Index report in May that the situation for the LGBTI community in Hungary was worsening. Out of 49 European countries, including Russia and Turkey, Hungary’s legal and policy situation was ranked 27th.EFE-EPA

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