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

JUDIT TAKÁCS: How to put equality into practice?A school has the right to pose such a value system. The other problemwith this draft is that it mixes together concepts belonging to differentdimensions and different categories. One’s skin colour or ethnicbackground is not the same as one’s gender identity or state of wealth.These should not be brought to the same dimension and mixed […] Iam afraid that if we are not careful, the vision of Orwell may come truewhen all people are equal but some are more equal than others.” 23Sándor Lezsák (MP, Hungarian Democratic Forum) expressed hissurprise that sexual orientation and gender identity were included asprotected categories:I do emphasise my surprise that the law would prohibit discrimination basedon vaguely defined ‘gender identity’, instead of discrimination between thesexes, e.g. between men and women. Concerning identity consciousness, asit is commonly known, the conceptual counterparts are not women and men,but women with female gender identity and male transvestites havingfemale identity together constitute one pole, while the rest belongs to theother. I don’t understand why the draft prioritises the less tangible genderidentity over the objectively existing sex categorisation. According to thedraft sexual orientation cannot be the motive of disadvantageousdiscrimination either. In the view of the author of the draft, and this is howwe understand the draft, it would be a completely normal case if one’s sexualinterest turns in the direction of animals and reproaching this would beforbidden. According to this law it would be completely normal to havenecrophiliac pathologists or paedophile teachers, and their discriminationwould be prohibited. This draft leaves it vague what would be considereddisadvantageous treatment in the field of sexual orientation. For example,does it qualify as disadvantageous treatment if parents or teachers want tochange the sexual orientation of young people with medical treatment, whilethose with usual orientation wouldn’t be urged to have such an intervention?It is not a problem gathered from thin air because American courts havebeen occupied for some time with the question whether the director canprescribe medical treatment for homosexual boys in state homes, or not.According to medical opinion on this issue, male homosexuality can be curedwith a good chance until the end of puberty, while lawyers – who are notphysicians! – find posing this question about the necessity of treatment initself humiliating and discriminative. Unfortunately this draft is so terseconcerning the field of prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexualorientation that it could even include all aberrations seen in horror movies aspermissible and legally protected forms of sexual orientation. 2423 Comment in the parliamentary debate on 25 November, 2003.www.parlament.hu24 Comment in the parliamentary debate on 25 November, 2003.www.parlament.hu48

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