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Hungary: Writers, bookstores brace for ban on LGBT content
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some bookstores in Hungary placed notices at their entrances this week telling customers that they sell "non-traditional content.” The signs went up in response to a new law that prohibits “depicting or promoting” homosexuality and gender transitions in material accessible to children. While some writers, publishers and booksellers say the law curtails free thought and expression in Hungary, the country's second-largestWhile some writers, publishers and booksellers say the law curtails free thought and expression in Hungary, the country's second-largest bookstore chain, Lira Konyv, posted the advisory notices to be safe.
BUDAPEST (Reuters) -Hungary expects to hold a government-initiated referendum on legislation that limits schools' teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues late this year or early next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday.
Orban announced the planned referendum on Wednesday, stepping up a culture war with the European Union.
The European Commission last week began legal action over the measures, which have been included in amendments to education and child protection laws. If successful, Brussels could hold up funding for Hungary while the restrictions are maintained.
Orban summages a referendum on the anti-LGBT + law criticized by Brussels
© provided by the point V Iktor Orban announced on Wednesday the next outfit of a referendum in Hungary and requested the support of voters on the anti- LGBT +, after the launch against Budapest of an infringement procedure by the European Commission. "Brussels has clearly attacked Hungary in recent weeks concerning the law" which prohibits the "promotion" of homosexuality with minors, said the Prime Minister Souveraignist in a video put online on his Facebook , shouting at "power abuse".
"For Hungary, there are many more arguments in favour of European Union membership than against it. Joining the EU was the right decision, it was in our national interest and it remains to be the case," Gergely Gulyas, Orban's chief of staff, told a weekly news briefing.
But he said Hungary believed it had the right to comment on what he called "the rules of the club" and make decisions on its own in issues where it did not hand over authority to EU institutions.
Gulyas said Hungary was still in talks with the European Commission, the EU executive, on its national recovery plan and was seeking an agreement. But he added that the government would start pre-financing projects from the national budget.
The European Commission listed serious concerns about the rule of law in Poland and Hungary in a report on Tuesday that could help decide whether they receive billions of euros in EU funds to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
(Reporting by Gergely Szakacs; Editing by Alison Williams and Timothy Heritage)
Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse .
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who'd sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented decades of child molestation within the Catholic church in Pennsylvania. The 5-2 decision ended plaintiff Renee Rice's legal effort to recover damages from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown for allegedly covering up and facilitating sexual abuse she said had been inflicted on her by a priest in the late 1970s.