“Brussels has clearly attacked Hungary over the child protection law, and this time (it) demands an amendment to the education law and child protection rules,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video posted on social media on Wednesday. Orbán emphasized that “the future of our children is at stake, so we cannot yield on this issue.”
The head of government also announced that “when the pressure on our country is so strong, only the common will can protect Hungary, so the government has decided to initiate a referendum on five issues.”
The questions for the referendum:
1. Do you support the holding of sexual orientation sessions for minor children in public education without parental consent?
2. Do you support the promotion of gender reassignment treatments for minor children?
3. Do you support making irreversible treatments available to minor children?
4. Do you support the unrestricted introduction of sexual media content to minors that affects their development?
5. Do you support the display of gender-sensitive media content to minor children?
“I ask you to say ‘no’ to these issues together, as we did five years ago when Brussels wanted to force immigrants into Hungary. Back then, a referendum and a common will stopped Brussels. We succeeded once, and together we will succeed again,” said Orbán at the conclusion of the video.
According to conservative daily Magyar Nemzet, the referendum is most likely to be held in January next year, a few months before the country’s legislative elections.
Title image: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announces the child protection referendum on July 21, 2021. (source: Facebook video still caption)