“I am concerned about the Hungarian law which was adopted in mid-June and which is the subject of a referendum which does not relate exactly to this law”, declared Beaune, arriving for a meeting of European ministers of the bloc in Slovenia. .
Right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday that a nationwide vote would be held to gauge national support for the controversial LGBTQ law, after the European Commission launched legal action against Budapest over the measure.
The legislation, which includes a ban on “portraying or promoting” homosexuality and gender reassignment among those under 18, has drawn contempt across Europe.
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It was presented by Budapest as a way to protect children, but opponents argue that it confuses pedophilia with homosexuality and stigmatizes the LGBTQ community.
Orban said the referendum would include five questions, including asking citizens if they are okay with schools being allowed to “talk to their children about sexuality without their consent.”
He will also ask participants if they support “promoting gender reassignment treatment for minors” or “unlimited exposure of children to harmful sexual content”.
Beaune complained that the issues were falsely linked and “instrumentalised” to ensure that Orban got a “no” from those voting in the ballot.
“We must not give in on these points,” said Beaune.
No date has been set for the referendum.