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MOSCOW, July 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Russia rebuked a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week that pushed the country to recognize same-sex “marriage.”
The ECHR’s order, handed down on Tuesday, held that Russia’s refusal to register homosexuals as “married” violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which includes a “right to family life,” and Article 14, which prohibits discrimination. The Strasbourg-based court has interpreted the articles in recent years to apply to same-sex unions, despite previous rulings to the contrary and no language about homosexuality in the text of the European Convention.
The case, Fedotova and Others v. Russia, was brought by several Russian homosexuals whose requests to register a notice of marriage were rejected, according to the ECHR.
“The Court found that Russia had an obligation to ensure respect for the applicants’ private and family life by providing a legal framework allowing them to have their relationships acknowledged and protected under domestic law,” the ECHR said.
The court claimed that measures that would effectively equate same-sex unions with heterosexual marriages “would not be in conflict with the ‘traditional understanding of marriage’ prevailing in Russia.” The ECHR added that “the most appropriate form of registration of same-sex unions remained at the discretion of the respondent State.”
Russia slammed the ECHR ruling, reaffirming on Tuesday that marriage in the country remains strictly between men and women. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that same-sex “marriages” are “not allowed” under Russia’s constitution, which was amended this year to state that the “institution of marriage is a union between a man and a woman.”
“The wording in the constitution is absolutely unambiguous and there is an unambiguous number of Russian citizens who support this unambiguous position,” Peskov said, according to Reuters. “No compromise on the form of registration needs to be looked for,” he added.
Russian politicians have also denounced Tuesday’s ECHR decision, State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev calling it “clear systemic meddling.”
Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.
Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary's efforts to protect children.
For doing the hard and good thing, Hungary now needs our support.
The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.
This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary's borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.
Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna's (Austria) deputy mayor distributed "Rainbow Family" information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border!
But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has "discriminated" against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.
However, Hungary's Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:
"This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.
In Hungary's view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children's development in a culturally traditional background."
And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary's new law:
"The current left-wing campaign against Hungary is further proof that today, the left is the enemy of freedom, because instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas.
The new Hungarian law does not conflict with any lofty ideals or European laws. The new Hungarian law simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children. Education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents; it must at most be supplementary, its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent.
Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority — only before God when the time comes."
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports the government of Hungary in their passage of this pro-active child protection measure banning LGBT propaganda and pornography for under-18s.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Hungary passes law against homosexuality, prime minister renews vow to ‘protect our children’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-passes-law-against-homosexuality-prime-minister-renews-vow-to-protect-our-children
'Hungary bans promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism to minors' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hungary-bans-promotion-of-homosexuality-transgenderism-to-minors
'EU to take legal action against Hungary’s anti-pedophilia bill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/eu-to-take-legal-action-against-hungarys-anti-pedophilia-bill
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“The ruling, which tries to make Russia register same-sex marriages, contradicts the foundations of Russian rule of law and morality,” Vasily Piskarev, who leads a parliamentary commission on foreign interference, said. “This is clear systemic meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.”
The ECHR, the international court of the Council of Europe, does not have enforcement powers, and the Russian government enacted a law in 2015 allowing the country to overturn ECHR verdicts. Russia, which joined the Council of Europe in the 1990s, has not implemented nearly 90% of leading judgements from the court in the past ten years, according to the European Implementation Network.
Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued another ruling against Russia for letting a woman prohibit her gender-confused former husband from visiting their children. A Russian court had declared that being around the father, who had undergone surgery to impersonate the opposite sex, would have a “negative impact on the mental health” of the children.
The ECHR’s attempts to impose LGBT ideology on Russia resemble ongoing efforts by the European Union to force Hungary to rescind a new children protection law that bans pro-LGBT materials in schools. European Council president Ursula von der Leyen said last week that “the Commission will use the powers invested in it as the guardian on the treaties” against the legislation.
“Brussels bureaucrats have no business at all, no matter what they do we will not let LGBTQ activists among our children,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán responded.