Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment. Hungary’s National Assembly passed the bill on a 157-1 vote. The ruling Fidesz party has a parliamentary majority. Hungary’s conservative ruling party introduced the legal changes last as part of a bill aimed at fighting pedophilia and protecting children. “In order to ensure… the protection of children’s rights, pornography and content that depicts sexuality for its own purposes or that promotes deviation from gender identity, gender reassignment and homosexuality shall not be made available to persons under the age of 18,” the legal text reads. Last December, parliament adopted a package of measures enshrining what is seen as the traditional family, effectively banning adoption by same-sex couples.Opposition parties boycotted the voting session in protest. Lawmaker Gergely Arato, of the Democratic Coalition parliamentary grouping, said the changes violate the standards of parliamentary democracy, rule of law and human rights.
LGBT activists and others held a protest in Budapest on Monday in an unsuccessful effort to stop the legislation from passing. Human rights groups denounced this as anti-LGBT discrimination. Dunja Mijatovic, the commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, also had asked Hungarian lawmakers to reject the legislation, saying it reinforced prejudice against LGBT people. “Today’s decision in #Hungary’s parliament represents another severe state discrimination against #LGBTIQ people,” Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth of Germany tweeted Tuesday. Amnesty International sees in the law “the government’s attempt to spread hatred.”