Hungary ordered shops on Friday to sell children’s books seen as promoting homosexuality in “closed wrapping”, stepping up restrictions that have set Prime Minister Viktor Orban on a collision course with rights groups and the European Union.
The decree also included books seen as promoting gender change and containing “explicit” depictions of sexuality. It told shops to sell them separately and banned any sale of them at all within 200 metres of a school or a church.
The order is the first of what is expected to be a series of directives spelling out the implications of a law passed in June banning the use of materials seen as promoting homosexuality and gender reassignment at schools.
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Orban has passed anti-LGBT laws, promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories, and labeled Muslims ‘invaders’ but for NYT columnist Douthat he is guilty of an “anti-immigration stance” and “moral traditionalism.” Talk about normalizing bigotry and fascism. https://t.co/vCs2QOjfOG
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 7, 2021
“On March 30, the Hungarian parliament voted to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to rule by decree indefinitely, giving him dictatorial powers.” https://t.co/LokYrH387p
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) August 7, 2021