Hungarian authorities ordered shops to sell children's books seen as promoting homosexuality in "closed wrapping," stepping up restrictions set by Prime Minister Viktor Orban on a collision course with rights groups and the European Union. Reuters news agency reports it.
"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," reads the article.
The EU has launched legal action against Orban's nationalist government over the legislation, saying it is discriminatory and does not meet values of tolerance and individual freedom. Orban's government says the law is meant to protect children and leave it up to parents to educate them about sexuality. Governmental measures forbid teachers from educating children about gay relationships or for normalized LGBTQ relationships to be shown on TV.
As reported before, a law is similar to the one which came into force in 2013 in Russia which has been used to significantly crack down on LGBTQ rights and freedoms.