Hungary’s Parliament approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that prevents gay couples from adopting. The modification of the law has been carried out thanks to the 143 votes of the deputies of Fidesz, the party of the ultra-nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and with 45 against and 5 abstentions, according to the local agency MTI.
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The text of the amendment stipulates in the Magna Carta that “the mother is female, the father is male” and that Hungary guarantees the development of the child according to his gender. This decline in the rights of LGTBI people in the Central European country occurs amid a wave of outrage from the group in that country.
Amnesty International (AI) already warned this Monday, on the eve of the parliamentary approval, that these are “discriminatory, homophobic and transphobic” measures, which constitute a new attack against LGTB + people as the constitutional reform restricts the already diminished rights of that community.
The left-wing opposition party, the Democratic Coalition, did not participate in the vote, as planned, considering the proposed legislation “exclusive”.
Another legal reform related to this constitutional amendment determines that only marriages – which according to the law cannot be constituted between persons of the same sex – can adopt children.
The Orbán government, in power since 2010, has introduced in recent years a series of provisions that stipulate the traditional family model that they defend. Already the Constitution of 2011 determines that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
The 2020 annual report of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) reveals a worsening of the situation of this group in Hungary, which is ranked 27 out of a total of 49 European countries, in the index that assesses the legal situation of LGTB + communities.