The leader of EU nations featuring endemic homophobic violence are directing their ire at Hungary and Poland, where there are virtually no physical attacks against LGBT people
On Tuesday, the European Parliament has published its resolution regarding LGBTQ rights in the European Union following a stormy debate during a plenary session in Strasbourg. To observers of the Hungarian Parliament’s recent conduct, it will come as no surprise that Hungary and Poland were singled out yet again as pariah states that are allegedly severely restricting the rights of sexual minorities and denying them a family life.
The resolution’s main goal was to elevate LGBTQ rights with a special focus on family life to the same level that heterosexual marriages and families enjoy, a topic that seems increasingly moving towards the top of the EP’s agenda despite a myriad of other burning problems facing the union in times of pandemic and economic downturn.
Yet, the declaration calls on the implementation of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s 2020 directive, according to which, “If you are parent in one country, you are parent in every country”, referring to the need for mutual recognition of family relations in the EU. This directive comes at a time when same-sex marriages, and the rights of same-sex couples are clearly not harmonized in among all 27 EU member states.
It is perhaps noteworthy right from the outset that in the bloc the definition of parenthood or family is an entirely one-way process, in which the dominant EU powers agree on new concepts that are gradually passed down towards newer member states eastward for mandatory adoption. Family values prevalent on the eastern edges of the EU are deemed inherently antiquated, and are not considered as a valid option when presented to Western-European nations as a legitimate alternative to radical progressive concepts.
This is clear from the parliament’s adoption of a resolution condemning Poland for what is often incorrectly labeled as “LGBTQ-free zones“, that basically refers to local authorities who have rejected proposals to allow radical gender propaganda to be taught in schools and kindergartens. The parliamentarians also condemned Hungary for their recently adopted child-protection laws that introduce more severe punishments for child-abuse, as well as ban the indoctrination of children in state institution with LGBTQ ideology.
The EU parliament calls on the European Commission to start Article 7 infringement proceedings against the two countries, and also to resort to financial sanctions in case they are found guilty of violating EU treaties. This comes despite an earlier agreement, which prohibits the use of financial sanctions in rule-of-law disputes, which the European Council had signed in return for Hungary and Poland agreeing to sign off on the EU’s new budget in December last year.