Hungary to Vote on Bill That Would Define Gender Based on Biological Sex and Ban Attempts to Change Gender on Official Documents

Hungary is expected to vote on a bill that would define gender based on one’s biological sex and ban attempts to change an individual’s gender ID marker on official documents. 

The bill, which was first introduced in Parliament last month, states that gender will be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes,” The Guardian reports.

The first draft of the bill says an individual’s sex will be recorded in relevant legal documents “at birth.” While no specific date has been set to vote on the legislation, ongoing discussions in parliamentary committees indicate the government’s willingness to proceed, according to The Independent.

Critics of the legislation are urging the European Union to take action against the Hungarian government, arguing that the law would violate people’s human rights and amounts to discrimination against transgender-identifying individuals.

“We think it’s likely that they don’t plan to go after people who already changed [gender markers], but we just don’t know,” said Tamás Dombos, a board member of the Háttér Society, a Hungarian organization that advocates for the advancement of LGBT issues, The Guardian reports.

Hungarian President Viktor Orban, who has been in power since 2010, has taken the nation in more conservative, Christian and family oriented direction. However, he’s also been criticized for taking the country in what some have called a nationalist direction.

In early 2018, Orban said in an official state of the nation address in Budapest that Christianity was Europe’s “last hope” and he was not prepared to fall in line with the United Nations and European Union’s approach to migration. In that speech, he criticized Western European leaders for paving the way for the advance of Islam.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter