Hungary to outlaw adoption by same-sex couples

Draft Bill to require children to be raised with a Christian understanding of gender roles.

Sligo News File

Hungary’s government is moving to amend the state’s constitution which would see a ban on adoption by same-sex couples.

According to media reports, the proposed change would lay down that “the mother is a woman and the father is a man” and only married couples would be allowed to adopt children.

Same-sex marriage is outlawed in Hungary but up to now, adoption has been allowed where one partner applies on their own.

The draft legislation would make it compulsory for children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles, and would  ensure “education in accordance with the values based on Hungary’s constitutional identity and Christian culture.”

What will be the 9th change to the constitution will enshrine religious doctrine in matters of marriage, gender, and childrearing.

Hungary joined the EU in May 2004. The country is not in the euro. Some 62% of the population is Catholic.

Unlike Hungary, Ireland has legalized homosexual marriage and adoption of children by homosexual couples. Abortion has also been legalized, allowing for the destruction of the foetus during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and later in certain other cases. A constitutional amendment approved by referendum in 2018 replaced the Eighth Amendment under which the unborn child had the same right to life as that of its mother.

A total of 6,666 abortions were carried out in 2019,  according to a report by the Minister for Health on abortion notifications in that year.