The choice should not be surprising given the various statements made by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in power for ten years and who promotes “illiberalism”. The Hungarian government tabled on Tuesday a draft amendment to include in the Constitution that “the mother is a woman, the father is a man” and define the sex as being only that of birth.
The civil status can no longer recognize a change of sex
“Hungary protects the right of children to identify themselves on the basis of their sex”, it is written in the draft text sent to parliament by the Minister of Justice Judit Varga. “Education is provided in accordance with the values based on Hungary’s constitutional identity and Christian culture,” one can also read. Since May, it is already legally forbidden to register a change of sex in the civil status in this central European country, a member of the European Union.
This new draft amendment to the Constitution comes at a time when Budapest is opposed to a draft mechanism conditioning the payment of European funds, in particular on respect for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, which guarantees, among other things, the rights of sexual and gender minorities. The community mechanism must be approved by the States by a qualified majority and Viktor Orban threatens to veto the entire budget if this principle is adopted.