Top Court rejects motions against referendum on child protection law

In a ruling posted on its website on Thursday, Hungary's Constitutional Court rejected all claims against a planned referendum on Hungary's child protection law, ruling that parliamentary approval of the referendum was in line with the constitution, according to Alapjogokert Kozpont, a think-tank.

The ruling cleared all legal hurdles from holding the referendum, the think-tank said on Facebook.

The popular vote concerns the rights of parents over their children’s education.

President Ader now has 15 days to set a date for the referendum, which must then be held within 70-90 days.

“Hungarian citizens can make decisions on issues that have a direct impact on their or their children’s lives such as the sex education of children, the promotion of gender reassignment surgery, and media content showing such interventions,” Alapjogokert said.

“Western political elites have basically adopted as official policy the madness called gender ideology without asking the people first,” the think-tank said.

Alapjogokert accused leftist parties of working “hand in hand with the network of Open Society”, a foundation set up by financier George Soros, to attack the referendum.

It added that opposition prime ministerial candidate Peter Marki-Zay had branded the referendum questions as “stupid”.

Hungary’s parliament passed amendments to its child protection law last June, aiming to protect children from “LGBTQ propaganda”. The measure was condemned by the Venice Commission as incompatible with international human rights norms.

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