Hungary News Politics & International

Hungarian Parliament speaker’s homophobic comments spark outrage

Budapest, Hungary – On Wednesday, current speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly László Kövér sparked outrage after comparing same-sex couples wanting to adopt a children to pedophiles.

“No moral difference” between pedophiles and adopting gay couples

During a forum held in Budapest on Wednesday as part of the campaign for this month’s European elections, László Kövér, the speaker of the Hungarian lower house of Parliament and founding member of the ruling Fidesz party, claimed that “normal homosexuals” try to adapt to the order of the world “and don’t consider themselves equal”

He also argued that “there is no difference morally in the behavior of a pedophile and homosexuals who want to adopt. In both cases, the child is an object, an item of luxury, the tool used for self-realization and fulfillment”.

M. Kövér, who also briefly served as acting President of Hungary in 2012, was answering a question from the audience on “How can Christian culture be preserved in a world where liberalism is creeping into all areas of human life?”. This “sneaking liberalism” has now become the “bloody reality”, according to M. Kövér, who then went on to joke about parents refusing to assign a gender to their child or on countries scrapping gender references from the language.

Outrage from the opposition and civil rights groups

His remarks and parallel between pedophiles and adopting homosexual couples sparked outrage among opposition politicians and LGBT rights activists. “He should be ashamed”, said Timea Szabo from the centre-left party Dialogue for Hungary, while prominent opposition MP Bernadett Szel said this showed Fidesz had no more “inhibitions”.

The Hungarian LGBT alliance, the main LGBT rights organization in the country, described his comments as “dangerous” and thanked László Kövér “for reminding us about the fact that those who believe that all people are equal can never rest”.

The Democratic Coalition (DK) party said that he “seems to think and talk like a Nazi. He is not just an idiot, he is a dangerous political crook”.

During his weekly press conference on Thursday, Viktor Orban’s chief of staff gave his own dubious interpretation of the Hungarian Parliament speaker’s comments, as Index reports: “I can only find a parallel in one aspect: in both cases [pedophilia and adoption by LGBT couples], the interests of the child remain in the background, and the focus is on the interests of the adopters who are, by the way, incapable of having a child of their own”.

Viktor Orban’s Fidesz taps into deeply-rooted homophobic culture

In Hungary, where the constitution defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman, same-sex marriage and adoption by homosexual couples aren’t legal. For many years, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his conservative Fidesz party have advocated the defense of traditional family values against the rise of what it describes as leftist, dangerous and imported values that threaten the country’s Christian roots – including LGBT rights.

As the Hungarian Spectrum points out, László Kövér’s comments are from from an isolated incident, and reflect deeply-entrenched homophobic views within the ruling party: “Fidesz, as a party committed to a far-right ideology, is steeped in homophobic culture, which it shared with other like-minded parties in Russia and Poland” – recently, Poland’s de-facto leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski described LGBT rights as a foreign import that threatens Polish identity.

14 comments on “Hungarian Parliament speaker’s homophobic comments spark outrage

  1. Pingback: Rainbow Europe Index 2019 highlights worsening LGBT rights in Central Europe – Kafkadesk

  2. Pingback: New top story from Time: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – The Richardsonian

  3. Pingback: New top story from Time: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – Outside The Know

  4. Pingback: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – Current News Vista

  5. Pingback: New top story from Time: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – technopc

  6. Pingback: New world news from Time: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – The Viral

  7. Pingback: New world news from Time: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? – The Richardsonian

  8. Pingback: How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Come in Poland? | Time

  9. Pingback: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? - Latest World News Line

  10. Pingback: Poland Is Holding Massive Pride Parades. But How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Really Come? - Indexx

  11. Pingback: IKEA in trouble in Poland amid spiraling LGBT controversy – Kafkadesk

  12. Pingback: Minor Incidents and Controversial Statements Preceed 24th Budapest Pride | NewsPortal.HU

  13. Pingback: Poland Is Holding Large Pleasure Parades. However How Far Have LGBTQ Rights Actually Come? - Active Hi News Updates

  14. Pingback: Childless people are ‘not normal’, claims top Hungarian politician – Kafkadesk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: