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Budapest: Ahead of the 2022 elections, Hungary's parliament has ratified a legislation banning the dissemination of content in schools to promote homosexuality and gender change amid strong criticism from rights groups and opposition parties, media reports said
Hardline nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's regime has been framing social policies that are against LGBT people and immigrants, said media reports.
His Fidesz party which advocates Christian-conservative agenda wrongly attached pedophilia with LGBT issues.
The government joined the proposal banning schools from talking on LGBT issues to a separate, widely supported bill that strictly penalizes pedophilia, making it difficult for the opponents to vote against it, CNN reported.
The ruling party legislators voted in favour of the bill while left parties in the opposition boycotted the vote.
According to the law, schools cannot show content to the children that encourages gender change or homosexuality. This also applies to advertisements.
The law also lists six specific organisations that can provide sex education to children in schools.
Gay marriages are banned in Hungary and only heterosexual couples are allowed to adopt children.
Orban's government has redefined marriage as the union between one man and one woman, and limited gay adoptions.
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