Hungarian Deputy PM: Homosexuality is a sin

July 02. 2021. – 03:51 PM

Following up on the latest Hungarian anti-LGBT legislation that caused political turmoil in the EU, we asked members of the Hungarian government about the law's interpretation and how they would respond if someone in their political community came out as gay.

Hungarian deputy PM and chairman of Fidesz's coalition partner, the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP), Zsolt Semjén, wouldn't be particularly enthusiastic about a gay person on the cabinet, but Minister of Justice Judit Varga says it would be acceptable. We asked several undersecretaries if a member of the governing party would be allowed to openly live in a same-sex relationship, and we found that there are some subtle differences afterall between the two halves of the governing coalition.

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Speaking, in order of appearance: Judit Varga, Minister of Justice; Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister; Zsolt Nyitrai, government commissioner; Tamás Menczer, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international spokesperson; Bence Rétvári, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Human Capacities; István Hollik, Fidesz's director of communications.

This translation was produced in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.