Hungary’s child protection referendum has overwhelming support but fails to pass due to spoiled ballots

All four questions showed over 90 percent of Hungarians rejecting the promotion of LGBTQ content to minors

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Mandiner
A participant poses with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 24, 2021. Rising anger over policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT activists and supporters marched in the city's Pride parade. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)

With nearly all of the votes counted, Hungary’s child protection referendum showed overwhelming support in favor of proposals to restrict the promotion of LGBT content to minors, but failed to reach the 50 percent validity threshold needed to be binding, data from the National Election Commission showed.

After passing its child protection act last June, a wave of criticism hit Hungary from the liberal European mainstream media, prompting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s cabinet to call a referendum on the issue, which was held this Sunday, together with the parliamentary elections.

The questions put to the electorate were as follows:

• Do you support the holding of sexual orientation lessons for minor children in public education without parental consent?

• Do you support the promotion of gender reassignment treatments for minors?

• Do you support the unrestricted introduction of sexual media content to minors that affects their development?

• Do you support the display of gender-sensitive media content to minors?

Despite all four proposals receiving a resounding “no,” with between 92 and 96 percent of those who cast their ballot against the moves that would threaten traditional family values, just 44.46 percent of Hungary’s 7.92 million electorate submitted a valid ballot on the issues, meaning the referendum result is not binding.

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