At the EU summit on Thursday, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned Hungary’s new anti-gay law and challenged the country to start the process of leaving the EU.
In response to Hungary’s new anti-gay law which prohibits those under 18 from being exposed to content relating to homosexuality, Mark Rutte has criticized the country, saying, “they have no business in the EU for me”, reports Nu.nl.
According to insiders, during a heated discussion about the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, Rutte asked Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán why he does not use Article 50 of the EU treaty to terminate his country’s membership, if he does not want to meet the standards and values of the union.
This is the article that the United Kingdom used to begin the the Brexit procedure in March 2017.
Support from other EU leaders
Rutte found support amongst many other EU leaders who also condemned Hungary’s new law. Before the leaders met in Brussels, seventeen of them had already announced where they stand — declaring themselves in favour of LGBTQIA+ rights and promising to fight against discrimination.
Many of the leaders were moved by Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel’s personal story — he himself is married to a man. According to Rutte,”Everyone had tears in their eyes.” Nevertheless, Orbán received support from allies Poland and Slovenia.
What does the law entail?
Hungary’s parliament has just passed a new anti-gay law, which, among other things, prohibits exposure of content relating to homosexuality to be shown to people under the age of 18. As a result, series and films in which gay people appear will no longer be broadcast on TV before 11 PM — goodbye Modern Family!
Even more concerning, schools will be prohibited from providing information about homosexuality and transgenderism.
A war of words
Responding to the firestorm directed at Hungary, the country’s Justice Minister, Judit Varga tweeted that this is “nothing more than a new episode in the blackmail series”. She added that “Hungary does not want to leave the EU. On the contrary, we want to save her from hypocrites.”
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