'Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg led the charge against Hungary's
anti-LGBT law on Tuesday as European affairs ministers from the 27 EU countries
met to discuss the rule of law.
In total, 16 member states out of 27 voiced their disapproval of the Hungarian
Last week, the Hungarian parliament passed a new law tabled by the government
of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that bans the portrayal of homosexuality and sex
reassignment in school education material and TV programmes addressed to people
under 18 years of age.
The bill, approved during Pride month, was met with immediate condemnation from
high-ranking officials of several EU countries and groups in the European
The outrage over the Hungarian law was discussed by the EU Council on Tuesday
afternoon, with the Benelux ministers gathering linked-minded countries in a
critical statement against the legislation.
Following behind-the-scenes consultations, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and Latvia endorsed the Benelux
text. Italy waited until the end of the meeting to add its name to the list,
while Austria and Greece did so the following day.
"[The law] represents a flagrant form of discrimination based on sexual
orientation, gender identity and expression and hence deserves to be condemned.
Inclusion, human dignity and equality are core values of our European Union,
and we cannot compromise on these principles," the countries said.
"Stigmatizing LGBTIQ persons constitute a clear breach of their fundamental
right to dignity, as provided for in the EU Charter and international law."
Passed in 2000, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is today a primary source
of EU law at the same level as the EU treaties. The Charter's article 21
prohibits any kind of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual
Via Muse, who wrote "It’s good to see nations standing up for human rights."
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