By Gergely Szakacs
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Thousands of Hungarians planned to join the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday in a show of support for LGBT people and to protest a law that bans the use of materials in schools that promote homosexuality and homosexuality. gender reassignment.
Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in power since 2010, has become increasingly radical in social policy in what he describes as a fight to safeguard the traditional Christian values of Western liberalism.
The European Commission has taken legal action against the Orban government over the new law, which came into effect this month, alleging that it is discriminatory and contravenes European values of tolerance and individual freedom.
The Orban government, which faces a tough election next year, says issues like LGBT rights are up to national governments and says it will call a referendum on reform. He says the law is not about targeting homosexuals but about protecting Hungary’s children.
Organizers of the Saturday march have called on supporters to oppose hatred and resist attempts by what they called “power-hungry politicians” to intimidate LGBT people.
“The recent past has been very demanding, harrowing and terrifying for the LGBTQ community,” they said in a statement.
“Instead of protecting minorities, the Fidesz Christian Democratic government is using laws to make members of the LGBTQ community marginalized in their own country.”
Several civil rights groups have criticized Orban’s reforms and a poll conducted last month by polling organization Ipsos found that 46% of Hungarians support same-sex marriage.
On Monday, more than 40 foreign cultural institutions and embassies in Hungary, including those in the United States, Britain and Germany, released a joint statement in support of the Budapest Pride Festival.
“Concerned about recent events that threaten the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, we encourage all countries to take measures to guarantee the equality and dignity of all human beings regardless of their sexual orientation or identity. gender, “they said. .
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