‘Marriage is between man and women,’ believes Viktor Orban

Viktor Orban provoked further outrage with his opinion on sexual minorities, which appeared in an interview conducted by a German newspaper yesterday. The question arises that how similar declarations like this will affect the elections in 2022. The new law of making adoption nearly impossible for gay couples serves a motive for the LGBTQ community to leave the country.

The German magazine, Stern made a long-form interview with Viktor Orban and proposed a question about whether he would change his vision or his policy if one of his children would come out to him as a homosexual and would like to adopt a child in Hungary. Viktor Orban said that he had sworn in a constitution that stated that the family was a bond between women and men, which doesn’t mean intolerance.

“I have a position and the other person has a different one that I don’t agree with, but we have to live together, so we try to find a common ground,” Orban stated while explaining what tolerance means to him.

source: European Social Survey

As soon as the government was given extraordinary power to deal with the coronavirus pandemic last year, it immediately submitted the ninth amendment to parliament, which included that mothers are women, fathers are men, and that parenting is based on Christian culture. The law proposal has passed in December 2020.

Mária Kristófi, from Hungarian LMBT Society says, “I think the amendment has opened the eyes of a lot of people, even those who do not sympathize with us, even Fidesz partisans.”

According to Gábor Török, politician scientist, in 2022, the opposition’s chances of victory are higher than before. As Kristófi says, “We encourage our sympathizers to go and vote. We will also organize programs that will make people aware of the inadequacy of the government’s perception.”

Systemic homophobia in Hungary, Source Bloomberg

As many LGBTQ person claims, the communication of the government party generates hatred among people. Anita Sinkovicz says, “2 years ago there was a hate crime in my village, a grown-up man attacked a 19 year-old girl just because she was carrying a rainbow bag.” Around that time the first anti-LGBTQ messages started to become widespread.

More and more people are leaving the country and for the sexual minorities, the discriminative atmosphere is the main reason.

Dániel Kaszás, who moved to London 4 years ago mentions, “I didn’t feel good in Hungary, because I felt people looking at me in every corner. I feel it happens way less here, in London.”

Anita Sinkovicz, says, “Hungary is no longer a real option. I’m not only a second-class citizen in my own country, the government also explicitly works against me, takes away my rights and fuels the hate towards minorities.”

Gergely Kolba claims, that it changes day by day for him, if he wants to stay or not.

All of them express dismay and frustration about the new law, Kaszás poses the question “good for whom?” Sinkovicz points out, that “the biggest losers in this story are the children who could have grown up in a loving home, now more children will have to grow up in institutions.”

The upcoming elections can mean a window for change, however the LMBTQ community is not optimistic. Kolba says, that “the majority of voters, especially the older generation will not prioritize this issue.”

Word cloud from the words and sentences mentioned in the interviews conducted by Zsuzsi Palotás / abcya

cover photo: Pride Parade on July 6, 2019. © 2019 Attila Kisbedenek/AFP via Getty Images

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