Based on the decision of the Hungarian National Assembly, “Hungary protects the institution of marriage as a cohabitation between a man and a woman, based on voluntary decision, and the family as the basis for the survival of the nation."
The text continues: “The basis of the family relationship is the marriage and the parent-child relationship. The mother is a woman, the father is a man.”
Hungary’s parliament has approved an amendment to the constitution that defines parenthood as something between men and women . “The father is a man, the mother is a woman,” the dpa news agency reported, citing the text of the document. As a result, same-sex couples can no longer adopt children in the country.
In addition, the gender of a person will be determined from birth and cannot be changed afterwards. “Hungary protects the right of children to the gender identity they received at birth and guarantees an upbringing in accordance with the values on which the constitutional identity and Christian culture are based,” another new passage reads.
The country’s justice minister, Judit Varga (Fidesz), announced on Facebook that Hungary was defending the institution of marriage, a union between men and women as the basis for the nation’s existence. The union and the parent-child relationship establish a family connection. “The mother is a woman, the father is a man,” she affirmed.
Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland have all expressed reservations over the word “gender” and “gender equality” in EU documents.
In a council meeting on 3 December, Dutch education and culture minister Ingrid van Engelshove said the issue has become the “elephant in the room,” the EU Observer reported.
“I am referring to the growing threat to gender equality and the rights of the European LGBTIQ community: being the conservative powers within our union who are relentlessly undermining core European values,” she complained. “As of now, we can no longer accept any deletion or watering down of references to gender equality or LGBTIQ in European texts. As we have seen happening time and time again in recent years,” she added.
Warsaw and Budapest have both underscored that the term “gender” is never mentioned in the EU treaty. “Poland always underlines how important legal clarity is, and that we should stick to treaty regulations. The treaty of the European Union very clearly refers not to gender equality but to equality between women and men,” a Polish diplomat commented.
“We see no need to redefine that and we do not appreciate attempts to do so. We should rather follow legal norms instead of inventing new ones, especially if they may be prone to uncertain interpretations and various translating problems,” the diplomat explained.
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