The Hungarian Parliament approved a new constitution on Monday that includes a ban on same-sex marriages. Lawmakers passed the legislation with an overwhelming majority - 262 to 44. Edge has the report:
"We've just participated in a historical moment," Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover told the Associated Press after lawmakers approved the bill. "The new constitution is built upon our past and traditions, but seeks and contains answers to current problems while keeping an eye on the future."
LGBT activists protested the marriage amendment outside the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest on Friday, April 15. Tamás Dombos of the LGBT advocacy group Háttér told EDGE after the protest that Orban's opposition to marriage equality should not surprise anyone.
Hungary has allowed same-sex couples to register as domestic partners since July 2009; but the anti-gay political party Jobbik gained Parliament seats in last April's elections. Nationalists and even neo-Nazis have even disrupted several recent Budapest Pride marches.
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