Hungary legislates against adoptions by same-sex couples

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban looks on during a joint news conference with Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in Budapest, Hungary May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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The Hungarian Parliament adopted legislation which is being deemed as discriminatory against the LGBT community. Among the new laws, one amendment enshrines the traditional notion of “gender” in the country’s Constitution and another legislation that de facto prohibits adoption for same-sex couples.

Another amendment to the Constitution approved yesterday, defines parenthood as “the mother is a woman, the father is a man,” and was approved by a majority of deputies.

The text defines gender as only that of birth and adds: “Education is provided in accordance with the values based on the constitutional identity and Christian culture” of the country.

The government justified the new amendment because of the need to “protect the child from possible ideological or biological interference” from the modern Western world.

In addition, the parliament passed a law allowing only married couples to adopt children, which in practice excludes homosexuals who are not allowed to wed in Hungary. Exceptions can be made in rare cases.

Hungary has in the past, been condemned by European courts for failing to respect its commitments and the primacy of Community law over national legislation and is regularly criticised by the UN, the EU, OSCE and others for flouting European values and human rights.