AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

III. Development of sexual orientation related anti-discrimination…It is instructive to cite some of the views and worries expressed inthe debate:Flórián Farkas (MP, Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union) stated that itwas not correct to treat various groups with different situations in a uniformway. He pointed out that “being a gipsy is not an illness, neither abirth defect, nor the result of an accident; it cannot be compared withproblems of sexual orientation or gender identity. Perhaps it is not acoincidence that the draft proposed by the Minority ParliamentaryCommissioner in 2000 was limited to national and ethnic minorities. Ipropose to start drafting this law afresh. I am among the first ones tosupport the idea of draft bills concerning the other groups to beprotected at the same time […] This would be better for everyone.” 20Erika Szabó (MP, Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union) argued that“other situations” could replace all the protected categories. Sexualorientation and gender identity as protected categories did not seem tomake sense to her. She posed the following ambiguously poetic question:“According to the draft does it mean sexual orientation appropriate togeneral social norms and expectations, or does it refer to the opposite[e.g. sexual orientation opposing general social norms]?”. 21 Szabó alsoagreed with Farkas that the ethnic group of gypsies should not becategorised together with other “otherness”: “gipsies being an ethniccategory struggle with very many problems and obviously feel that theyshould not necessarily be listed with sexual identity or otherness.” 22László Nógrádi (MP, Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union) emphasisedthe need to protect certain values: “Protecting our values is not thesame as discriminating others. When for example, a religious schoolpays attention that in the case of hiring a teacher, practising Christianvalues or at least, identifying with them, is a requirement, then if theydon’t hire a homosexual person, or a person representing other values orhaving another gender identity, it does not mean turning against them;in these cases they protect their own values, and represent the interestsof parents whose children are enrolled in such a school because theywant the children to be brought up in accordance with their own values.20 Comment in the parliamentary debate on 25 November, 2003.www.parlament.hu21 Comment in the parliamentary debate on 27 October, 2003.www.parlament.hu22 Comment in the parliamentary debate on 26 November, 2003.www.parlament.hu47

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