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 think-tank Alapjogokért Központ, the ruling cleared all legal hurdles from holding the referendum. The popular vote concerns the rights of parents over their children’s education.
According to MTI, President János Áder 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,” Alapjogokért said. “Western political elites have basically adopted as official policy the madness called gender ideology without asking the people first,” the think-tank said. Alapjogokért 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.
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