Orban’s anti-LGBTQ law is not Hungary’s proudest moment

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Orban’s anti-LGBTQ law is not Hungary’s proudest moment

Thousands attend Budapest Pride March, defying prime minister Viktor Orban’s crackdown

Veronika Gulyas, Flavia Krause-Jackson and Zoltan Simon

It started with a book of children’s fairy tales, and is culminating in a defining test of a nation’s democracy and even its future in the EU.

Hungary’s weaponisation of gay rights has led to a showdown rarely seen between the bloc and a member state. Brussels is threatening action over an LGBTQ law that could involve cutting funds to Budapest. Prime minister Viktor Orban proposed to put what he calls the protection of children against homosexual content to a referendum.

“When the pressure on our homeland is so great, then only the will of the people is able to defend Hungary,” Orban said in a Facebook post on July 21...

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