The parliament voted Tuesday to stop transgender and intersex people from changing their gender on identity documents.
However, the government defended the law, telling CNN in an emailed statement that the law “does not affect men’s and women’s right to freely experience and exercise their identities as they wish.
“In no way does the relevant section of the bill that some people criticize prevent any person from exercising their fundamental rights arising from their human dignity or from living according their identity, just as the state cannot normatively instruct anybody what to think.”
Darienne Flemington, co-chair of the ILGA-Europe executive board, said the then proposed ban on legal gender recognition was among “alarming signals of how governments with strong authoritarian tendencies are emboldened by the crisis to further limit the rights of vulnerable groups and minorities.”
Coca-Cola faced a backlash from politicians and conservative activists in Hungary last August after running ads that included images of same-sex couples kissing and holding bottles of Coke.
At least one leading politician from the Fidesz party and conservative media outlets called for boycotting Coke products or banning the ad campaign.
But a 2017 poll by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association found that more than 60% of the country’s residents believe equal rights should be afforded to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.