picture of the Curia

The Curia, Hungary’s High Court, issued a ruling on Monday approving one of the questions in a referendum proposed by the government, namely, “Do you support the promotion of gender reassignment treatments for minor children?”

Over the summer, the government proposed five questions for a new “child protection” referendum, which was an integral part of a campaign to help whip up homophobic tempers. All five questions were approved by the National Electoral Commission without a hitch, but were later challenged in court by organizations and private persons.

The five questions then came before the Curia for approval, which rejected the wording of one of the questions and caused the government to turn to the Constitutional Court for remedy.

Three more referendum questions are still yet to be decided by the Curia, specifically:

  1. Do you support the display of media content showing gender reassignment to minors?
  2. Do you support the unrestricted depiction of sexual-themed media content to minors that affect their development?
  3. Do you support holding sessions on sexual orientation for minor children in public education institutions without parental consent?

Monday’s decision by the Curia is final.

[Magyar Hang][Photo: kuria-birosag.hu]

By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.