The government has submitted to parliament a constitutional amendment proposal with a view to strengthening protections of families and children, Justice Minister Judit Varga noted, adding that the amendment seeks to ensure that all children are brought up according to Christian values appropriate to his or her gender of birth. Safeguards of the right of children to proper physical, mental and moral development are explicitly enshrined in the Hungarian fundamental law, Varga told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, adding that the current amendment proposal would extend those protections.
“We’re living in a period when constitutional protections must be further strengthened,” she said, adding that the changes would be reflected in lower-level legislation. She said the emphasis of the passages on Christian culture covers cultural and historical traditions on which Europe’s identity was also built. “In today’s world, it has become necessary to declare this,” Varga said.