Hungary parliament passes bill defining families, curtailing rights of gay citizens
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Hungary parliament passes bill defining families, curtailing rights of gay citizens

The Hungarian National Assembly, the country’s parliament, passed a bill amending the Hungarian Fundamental Law on Tuesday, which stipulates that a mother is a woman and a father is a man.

The bill, which is “intended to strengthen the protection of Hungarian families” and protect children, protects individuals’ rights to self-identify “according to their sex at birth.” The bill states that children will have upbringings based on the values of Hungary’s “constitutional identity and Christian culture.”

Section L, paragraph one of the amended Fundamental Law states: “Hungary protects the institution of marriage as the association between a man and a woman and the family as the basis for the survival of the nation. The foundation of the family is marriage and the parent-child relationship. The mother is a woman, the father is a man.”

The amendment also defined public money as “the revenues, expenditures and claims of the state.” This definition of public money was adopted for transparency, although critics claim that the amendment will loosen independent bodies’ oversight of government spending.

The amendment, which is the ninth amendment to Hungary’s constitution, was originally submitted on November 10. On Tuesday, 134 Members of Parliament voted for the bill, and five voted against it.

While the amendment goes into effect following its promulgation, the rules related to it only go into effect on July 1, 2023.

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