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Hungarian parliament approves 2022 referendum on LGBT issues


The Hungarian parliament has approved the government’s plan to hold a national referendum on LGBT issues.

The move is the latest measure taken by the Hungarian authorities which critics say is aimed at limiting minority rights.

The decision to call the referendum was approved by 129 votes for and none against. Opposition MPs abstained from voting on the resolution.

The proposed referendum will include questions about sex education programs in schools and the availability of information for children on gender reassignment.

Hungarian citizens will also be asked whether they support a ban on the publication of LGBT content that “influences the development of minor children”.

Earlier this year, Budapest announced it would seek to hold a referendum after passing a law banning the “portrayal or promotion” of homosexuality to children.

The controversial anti-LGBT legislation has been widely criticized as discriminatory by human rights groups.

The ruling conservative Fidesz party has said the law is aimed at cracking down on pedophilia, but critics say it violates basic rights and limits sex education in schools.

The Hungarian government has also argued that the bill leaves decisions about child sexuality education to parents alone.

A number of European Union member states have condemned the law, while the European Commission has taken legal action against Hungary.

Based on the newly adopted rules, the referendum can take place on the same day as the 2022 national elections, when Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party are expected to face their biggest challenge since coming to power in 2010.

The government says holding the referendum on election day would save money, but no official date has been set.

Orban’s chief of staff, Antal Rogan, on Monday also told a parliamentary committee that the government would conduct a major campaign ahead of the referendum to convince voters to vote against “LGBTQ propaganda.”

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