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Thousands to join Budapest Pride march in protest over new anti-LGBT law

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators protest against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the latest anti-LGBTQ law in Budapest, Hungary, June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Marton Monus

By Gergely Szakacs

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Thousands of Hungarians planned to join the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday in a show of support for LGBT people and to protest against a law banning the use of materials in schools seen as promoting homosexuality and gender reassignment.

Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in power since 2010, has grown increasingly radical on social policy in what he portrays as a fight to safeguard traditional Christian values from Western liberalism.

The European Commission has launched legal action against Orban's government over the new law, which came into force this month, saying it is discriminatory and contravenes European values of tolerance and individual freedom.

Orban's government, which faces a tough election next year, says matters such as LGBT rights are for national governments to decide and says it will call a referendum on the reform. It says the law is not about targeting homosexuals but about protecting Hungary's children.

Organisers of Saturdays' march have called on supporters to stand up against hatred and resist attempts by what they called "power-hungry politicians" to intimidate LGBT people.

"The recent past has been very demanding, distressing and frightening for the LGBTQ community," they said in a statement.

"Instead of protecting minorities, the Fidesz-Christian Democrat government is using laws to make members of the LGBTQ community outcasts in their own country."

Several civil rights groups have criticised Orban's reforms and a survey last month by the Ipsos polling organisation found that 46% of Hungarians support same-sex marriage.

On Monday, more than 40 foreign cultural institutions and embassies in Hungary, including those of the United States, Britain and Germany, published a joint statement in support of the Budapest Pride Festival.

"Concerned by recent developments that threaten the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, we encourage steps in every country to ensure the equality and dignity of all human beings irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity," they said.

Thousands to join Budapest Pride march in protest over new anti-LGBT law
 

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Darren Caris
Darren Caris Jul 24, 2021 11:30PM ET
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Get over it. You're gay. who cares
IceIce Baby
IceIceBaby Jul 24, 2021 11:30PM ET
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So you don't care when they hold their hands on street like heterosexuals. Good, neither do I.
larry mcafee
larry mcafee Jul 24, 2021 6:42PM ET
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judeo-christian beliefs now described as radical???? where and when are we?
IceIce Baby
IceIceBaby Jul 24, 2021 6:42PM ET
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It already was in the Roman Empire. Believe in one god and one "story" only and if you don't you are a heretic to go to *****is quite radical I think.
Casey Connor
Casey Connor Jul 24, 2021 5:36PM ET
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Hungary is the shining star of the EU
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YouTube Account Jul 24, 2021 1:23PM ET
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I support Belgians in their effort to stem the tide of degeneracy in this world.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Jul 24, 2021 12:11PM ET
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Maybe it is time to exit European Union, they are worthless anyway.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 24, 2021 11:14AM ET
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Sounds like their schools are doing the right thing. Thank you, Budapest.
Jul 24, 2021 7:46AM ET
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Orban is right, teens already insecure about everything shouldn't be indoctrinated at school, they should learn and find out themselves. What gives some lefties the right to mess with kid's heads?
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jul 24, 2021 7:46AM ET
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1. Why call people you stand for equal rights for all lefties? They stand for your rights as well. 2. A gay or lgbt person will never call your sexual preference or gender wrung. Who the h are you to judge them? 3. Stop using children’s insecurities to push you madness. Your children don’t mind. You mind. 4. So sickening to read that his motivation comes from Christian values. Are this the Christian values that led to the abuse of children all over the world? The same Christian values that supported apartheid in South Africa, ******children in pour communities, killed children of the indigenous in Canada etc etc etc. What the h is wrong with you
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Mart Bab  Of course they wouldn't call us wrong, because we are right. There are only two genders/sexes (same thing), and you can't change yours. Man and woman are made to be together, it's the only combination that works. Facts are facts, and you're just a Christian basher. You and your perverts are sickening.
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Carlos GV Jul 24, 2021 7:46AM ET
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Don't mind what bigots say, dude... all these peoole here are HOMOPHOBIC pieces of junk... I wouldn't waste my breath reading any of their sickening comments... In the world theres still a lot of good people (straight, gay, bi...) and that's the only thing that matters. I love your comment and agree with every single word you wrote. Thanks you so much for your support✌🏳️‍🌈💪♥️
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Mart Bab Don't mind what bigots say, dude... all these peoole here are HOMOPHOBIC pieces of junk... I wouldn't waste my breath reading any of their sickening comments... In the world theres still a lot of good people (straight, gay, bi...) and that's the only thing that matters. I love your comment and agree with every single word you wrote. Thanks you so much for your support✌🏳️‍🌈💪♥️
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Mart Bab Don't mind what bigots say, dude... all these peoole here are HOMOPHOBIC pieces of junk... I wouldn't waste my breath reading any of their sickening comments... In the world theres still a lot of good people (straight, gay, bi...) and that's the only thing that matters. I love your comment and agree with every single word you wrote. Thank you so much for your support✌🏳️‍🌈💪♥️
 
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