Hungary passes constitutional amendment defining marriage as between man and woman, bans gay adoption

A constitutional amendment that will preserve the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman has been passed by the eastern European nation of Hungary. The country's equivalent of a constitution, the Ninth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary, was passed in the Parliament last week by a margin of 134-45. 

The amendment will adjust Section L paragraph (1) of the Fundamental Law to read: "Hungary protects the institution of marriage as the association between a man and a woman and the family as the basis for the survival of a nation. The foundation of the family is marriage and the parent-child relationship. The mother is a woman, the father is a man." This amendment has been backed by the Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

In addition, the Justice Minister, Judit Varga said that the law states that only married couples can adopt a child. More so, the married couple has to be a man and a woman. According to Reuters, the amendment was taken to the parliament last month.

Also, Varga said that it will work to "provide all children with an education based on the values of the Christian culture of Hungary and guarantees the undisturbed development of the child according to their gender at birth," Hungary Today reported. In the justification section of the bill, Varga wrote:

"The Fundamental Law of Hungary is a living framework that expresses the will of the nation, the form in which we want to live. However, the modern set of ideas that make all traditional values, including the two sexes, relative is a growing concern.

"The constant threat to the natural laws of the forms and content of human communities, to the concepts arising from the order of Creation that harmonize with them and ensure the survival of communities, and, in some cases, the attempt to formulate them with a content contrary to the original raises doubts as to whether the interests, rights and well-being of future generations can be protected along the lines of the values of the Fundamental Law," she added.

The Ninth Amendment was passed less than a year after the Parliament voted in favor of a measure that defines gender as biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes. This effort by the Ninth Amendment to preserve the traditional definition of sex has come with some varying opinions from LGBT advocacy groups.

The government of Hungary, led by Orban, is poised to uphold the influence of Christianity on its laws and culture. It is not bothered if the rest of Europe continues to become more secular. It will be recalled that Orban had described Christianity as "Europe's last hope".

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