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New Hungarian constitution huge leap backwards on gay rights

April 15, 2011 2:57 PM

Hungarian MPs are on Monday expected to approve a new constitution which defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman only, and, although purporting to reflect the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, omits 'sexual orientation' as a legal grounds of discrimination.

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford, who is an active member of the European Parliament lesbian & gay rights intergroup, said:

"Hungary's ruling Fidesz party cannot just have overlooked the need to protect LGBT people from discrimination. This omission is the deliberate result of a retrogade populist agenda."

"The enshrining in the constitution of a narrow definition of marriage is designed to rule out the kind of welcome social change that has seen not only civil partnerships but same-sex marriage become increasingly common in Europe and around the world."

"If they approve this partisan constitution, Hungary's politicians will be taking a huge leap backwards on gay rights. They will also set themselves on a collision course with European law on equality and on recognition of partnerships and marriages."