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Government’s referendum initiative to support its ’child protection law’

July 30th, 2021

A pro-government commentator argues that the referendum and the law it serves to support are intended to defend children from aggressive LGBTQ propaganda. An opposition-leaning author dismisses the initiative as a ploy to mobilise Fidesz supporters.

In Magyar Hírlap, Csilla Korompay dismisses opposition claims that the ‘child protection law’ (see BudaPost, June 16) and the referendum to support it both address non-existent problems, as LGBTQ activists play no role in public education. Korompay argues that opposition leaders entertain friendly relations with LGBTQ organisations and would open state schools to their activists should they win next year’s election.

On Azonnali, Donát Szűcs writes that both sides are busy mobilizing their bases in preparation for the parliamentary election scheduled for next spring. While the opposition stages unprecedented nationwide primaries to choose their common candidates, the government has responded by launching a referendum campaign ostensibly in defence of Hungarian children. He finds it disingenuous of the government to use children for what he sees as a clearly political purpose.

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