The Hungarian LGBT Association has launched a campaign to encourage gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals to vote in the upcoming national and European elections, reports portal 444.hu.
A large number of billboards are now visible around Budapest, giving people from these communities a reminder to vote.
“It is incredibly important that the LGBT community understands how much is at stake,” association spokesman Tamás Dombos told 444. “We have to show politicians that we are a significant portion of the electorate, whose interests need to be taken into consideration.”
The campaign’s launch coincides with renewed interest in an earlier legislative drive by Jobbik to criminalize homosexuality. Over the past few weeks, an April 2012 article in newsweekly HVG reporting on a bill submitted to parliament at the time by Jobbik MP Ádám Mirkóczki advocating a host of draconian measures against “sexually deviant practices” went viral on the Internet.
In his bill, Mirkóczki advocated a change in the law so that any person over the age of 18, who engaged in same-sex relations or acted in a way that sought to “popularize” homosexuality in public, was committing a criminal act, and that such acts should be punished by up to three years in prison. Similarly, those who advertised “deviant sexual conduct” in print, or in visual or sound recordings, would be punished by anywhere between 1 and 5 years in jail. Towards gay couples holding hands or kissing in public, Mirkóczki’s stance was comparatively moderate: here he recommended either an undetermined period in prison or a mere HUF 150,000 fine.
These were just some of the measures advocated in a bill that also touched on rights of assembly and homosexuality in the media. However, it is unclear whether at present Jobbik as a party stands by these policies, especially given its recent attempts at a more youth-oriented election campaign.