Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Budapest Court Gives Green Light to Gay Pride March, Overrules Police

The Budapest municipal court last week allowed Hungary’s annual Budapest gay march to take place at its original place and time, overruling the police in a decision that highlights continued controversy over gay rights in Hungary.
The Hungarian arm of Amnesty International, civil rights group Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and organizations of homosexual activists welcomed the court’s decision. The organization expect some 1,500 people to show up at the march on July 7.
Like in recent years, the police refused to grant permission for the Budapest Pride, saying the march would restrict commuters’ right to free movement. The court said, however, that traffic can be diverted from a road that otherwise frequently hosts marathons and bicycle rides.
Some organizations and a parliamentary opposition party in Hungary have said the march should be banned because it would set “a bad example” for children. Radical Jobbik party last week submitted an amended proposal of its original bill aimed at protecting “public morals and the mental health of the young generations” from homosexuality, transsexuality, transvestitism, bisexuality, and pedophilia, said MP Adam Mirkoczki, the bill’s proponent. The amendment seeks to outlaw “promotion of sexual deviations.” Several regions of Russia have similar legislation in place.
The governing Fidesz party last year passed a new constitution for Hungary, enacted on Jan. 1, defining marriage as “a relationship between a man and a woman.” The wording is identical to the Polish constitution of 1997. Polish conservative leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski referred to that definition of marriage in 2010 to claim that even same-sex civil unions, which the Polish ruling Civic Platform party has said it would consider introducing, would violate the constitution.


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