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Hungary: New Constitution Explicitly Bans Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hungary’s new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.

The constitution was enacted 262-44 in April of last year, with 80 members of parliament boycotting the drafting and voting process, and took effect on 1 January 2012.

The document specifically restricts marriage to straight couples and appears to ban abortion by saying that foetuses will be protected from conception onwards.

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Hungary: Gay Rights Groups Protest Exclusionary “Family Defense” Bill

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

LGBT rights groups in Hungary are complaining to the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Europe about a bill that excludes gay couples from the definition of a ‘family’, Politics.HU reports:

The draft stipulates that families are solely based on heterosexual marriage or common-law partnerships.

The human right groups noted that the European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that all co-habiting couples constitute a family, regardless of sexuality.

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Hungary: New Constitution Bans Marriage Equality

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Hungary Gay MarriageHungarian lawmakers approved a new Constitution Monday which bans same-sex marriage and includes a number of other socially conservative tenets, the AP reports:

Hungary’s political opposition and human rights groups including Amnesty International say other measures are attempts to limit freedoms. The constitution protects the life of a fetus from the moment of conception, a move seen as opening the possibility for a future ban or restrictions on abortion.

Same-sex couples may legally register their partnerships but marriage is restricted to heterosexual relationships.

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Hungary: Gays to Protest New Constitution

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Gay HungaryHungarian gay civil rights groups will hold a demonstration in Budapest on April 15 against the new constitution draft’s passages on marriage and equal rights for gay people, the organisers said on Wednesday.

Daniel Kaderjak, the chairman of one of the groups, said the draft defines marriage in a way which causes segregation. The gay groups have started an online petition on this subject, signed by 700 so far, including some famous public figures, said Kaderjak.

The petitioners have started to operate a Coalition for Gay Equality (MEGYEK), which will organise the demonstration on the square in front of parliament.

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Hungary: Abortion, Gay Marriage Constitutional Bans Proposed

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Hungary Gay MarriageUnder pressure from the Vatican, the Hungarian government is planning to introduce a complete ban on abortion and any prospect of legalised gay marriage in its new constitutional proposals.

At a meeting with the pope earlier in December, the Hungarian ambassador was told that it was “desirable that the new constitution be inspired by Christian values, particularly in what concerns the position of marriage and the family in society and the protection of life.” The pontiff’s wishes are reflected well in the governing Fidesz party’s proposal, which – in additional to mirroring papal teaching on abortion – says marriage is “the most natural community of man and woman.”

The pope told the ambassador that “Europe would be finished” if heterosexual marriage were no longer “the norm”. He said: “Europe would no longer be Europe if such a basic cell of the social construct were to disappear or to be substantially changed.”

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Hungary: New Constitution Would Ban Marriage Equality

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Human life will be protected from conception and marriage will be defined as heterosexual co-existence in the new Constitution, according to the specimen The Principles of Regulating the Constitution of Hungary.

Hungary would continue to be a republic and a democracy governed by the rule of law.

The Royal Crown will be included in the preface to the Constitution and will be emblazoned on the state flag, the concept adds.

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Hungary: Proposed New Constitution Would Ban Gay Marriage

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Hungary Gay MarriageThe constitution which is now being drafted at the behest of the ruling Fidesz-Christian alliance will declare marriage suitable only for men and women, according to a section of the draft document seen by MTI.

Further the draft states that “the family is the alliance of the generations,” and a sentence in support of bringing up children and work will also figure in the document.

The Socialist party and green formation Politics Can Be Different also represented in the committee drawing up the new supreme law said they objected to the proposal to set in stone outlawing gay marriage.

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Hungary: Court Affirms Gay Partnership Bill

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The Hungarian Constitutional Court has declared that the Registered Partnership Act, which came into force on July 1 last year giving same-sex couples the equivalent legal status as married couples, is in line with Hungarian constitution requirements.

Nine petition to rule the Act unconstitutional were submitted – including one from the Christian Democratic People’s Party, sister party of FIDESZ, the likely winner of the forthcoming general election.

Soon after its adoption last summer, conservative groups, including the Christian Democratic People’s Party, the Society for Christian Physicians in Hungary, the Pro Life Forum linked to the Catholic Church and representatives of Faith Church, a powerful Pentecostal church, submitted nine petitions contending the unconstitutionality of the Act.

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