Public schools in Hungary are now prohibited from using pro-LGBT educational materials to teach any children under age 18 in any of the nation’s public schools.
According to The Guardian, the National Assembly of Hungary passed the prohibition by a vote of 157 to 1 on Tuesday.
The law also bans “content that depicts sexuality for its own sake, or promotes or displays deviations from the identity of the sex of birth, gender reassignment or homosexuality.”
“There are contents which children under a certain age can misunderstand and which may have a detrimental effect on their development at the given age, or which children simply cannot process, and which could therefore confuse their developing moral values or their image of themselves or the world,” a Hungarian government spokesman told The Guardian.
This is the latest of a string of actions by Hungary’s ruling political party, an alliance of the Fidesz and KDNP, intended to bolster the nation’s conservative Christian culture.
Last year, we reported that Hungarian Prime Minister and noted pro-family advocate Viktor Orbán and his government passed legislation requiring all official documents and registries to list citizens’ “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes.”
The law effectively banned the alteration of one’s gender on official documents and a three-year backlog of applications to change sex listed on such documents was summarily rejected.
Orbán’s administration said at the time that “completely changing one’s biological sex is impossible” and that is why “it is necessary to lay it down in law that it cannot be changed in the civil registry either.”
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