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2020-DEC: Hungary amends its federal
constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

2021-MAR-15: The Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith of the Roman Catholic
Church bans same-sex marriage

This is a continuation of the previous article:

2020-DEC-15: Hungary's federal goverment amended the country's constitution:

The National Assembly in Hungary amended Hungary's constitution to ban same-sex marriages throughout the country. 134 Members of Parliament voted in favor, 45 were against, and 5 abstained.

Section L, Paragraph 1 of the revised constitution now reads:

"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."

In the Constitution's section on children, the following text will be added:

"Every child has the right to such protection and care as is necessary for his or her physical, mental and moral development. Hungary protects the right of children to self-identity according to their sex at birth and provides an upbringing in accordance with the values based on Hungary's constitutional identity and Christian culture. "

This implies that children are to be brought up with a "Christian" interpretation of gender roles. Unfortunately, there are multiple beliefs about gender roles among Christian denominations.

The legislation that amended the Constitution states that:

"The Fundamental Law of Hungary is a living framework that expresses the will of the nation, the form in which we want to live. However, the ‘modern’ set of ideas that make all traditional values, including the two sexes, relative is a growing concern. The constant threat to the natural laws of the forms and content of human communities, to the concepts arising from the order of Creation that harmonize with them and ensure the survival of communities, and, in some cases, the attempt to formulate them with a content contrary to the original raises doubts as to whether the interests, rights and well-being of future generations can be protected along the lines of the values of the Fundamental Law. The legislator must therefore clearly set out the basic guarantees for the protection of children and the rights of future generations ...." 1

In the past, adoption of children had been possible if done by one person, including one person in a same-sex couple living together. However, future adoptions will only be legal for married opposite-sex couples.

The Háttér Society rights group said that:

The timing is no coincidence. The proposals that severely limit legal rights and go against basic international and European human rights ... were submitted at a time when ... protests are not allowed.

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References used:

  1. ZOLTÁN KOVÁCS, "Hungarian Parliament has amended the constitution to enshrine protections for family and children," 2020-NOV-11, About Hungary, at: About Hungary

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Originally posted: 2020-DEC-28.
Most recent change: 2021-MAR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson

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