According to Fidesz parliament member Gergely Gulyás, same-sex couples should be excluded from adoption “for the sake of the child’s physical and emotional development.” This comment comes shortly after the government claimed the reasoning behind their proposed bill was that “marriage lasts longer than cohabitation.”
Many have criticised the government for proposing a constitutional amendment during a national emergency.
Ironically, the Hungarian government has condemned the European Union for dealing with LGBTQ and gender matters instead of managing the COVID-19 epidemic, Telex reports. However, they just recently proposed a constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring that same-sex couples cannot adopt. The bill also wants to make sure that the constitution makes it clear that “the father is a man” and “the mother is a woman”.
The government’s bill aims to make sure that all children are brought up according to Christian values, and it seeks to protect Hungarian families. Their bill specifies that “the father is a man” and “the mother is a woman” and that children have a right to their gender of birth because “these things are now being questioned in many parts of the world.”
The government finds this bill so important that they proposed it right after they announced a state of emergency in Hungary due to the second wave of the coronavirus.
The press has asked Gulyás about the interesting timing of the bill, to which he said that despite the epidemiological situation, everyone in Hungary, including members of parliament, must work. He believes that work must continue in the parliament in accordance with the ordinary legislative order. He also said that: “In order to ensure the healthy physical and mental development of children”, same-sex couples should be excluded from adoption.
Gulyás said the current government only maintained the regulation that was originally adopted by the left-wing government in 2009, and he draws people’s attention to its justification.
The bill would subject anyone except married couples to a separate ministerial permit to be able to adopt. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Hungary. Therefore, same-sex couples would practically be excluded from adoption.
The government previously claimed that the aim of the bill is not to eliminate same-sex couples. They argued that “marriage is more stable than cohabitation.” They also argued that by “preferring” married couples, adopted children could be brought up in “a loving and truly stable environment.”