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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: István and Tamás


István and Tamás were married last year in a ceremony in Budapest, Hungary, and they have this video, which feels more like an ad for Chanel, to remember it by!

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Court Overrules Police, Orders Budapest Gay Pride to Proceed

As it did last year, the Budapest Municipal Court has overruled police and said that a Gay Pride parade planned for this summer should proceed, the WSJ reports:

BudapestThe Hungarian arm of Amnesty International, civil rights group Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and organizations of homosexual activists welcomed the court’s decision. The organization expect some 1,500 people to show up at the march on July 7.

Like in recent years, the police refused to grant permission for the Budapest Pride, saying the march would restrict commuters’ right to free movement. The court said, however, that traffic can be diverted from a road that otherwise frequently hosts marathons and bicycle rides.

Hungarian LGBT Rights Groups Protest 'Family Defense' Bill That Excludes Gays

LGBT rights groups in Hungary are complaining to the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Europe about a bill that excludes gay couples from the definition of a 'family', Politics.HU reports:

HungaryThe draft stipulates that families are solely based on heterosexual marriage or common-law partnerships.

The human right groups noted that the European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that all co-habiting couples constitute a family, regardless of sexuality.

Christian Democrat chairman Tamás Lukács told Magyar Hírlap on Monday that Parliament’s human rights committee had ruled that the bill was “fit for general debate”. The national society of large families also welcomed the bill, saying it could increase family stability in Hungary.

Activists say the bill would put thousands of gay couples in legal jeopardy.

Will Hungarian Men Achieve Pole Dancing Equality?


The WSJ looks at competititive pole dancing in Hungary, and a new interest in it from men:

With its roots in strip clubs and bedrooms, pole dancing has been dismissed as a misogynistic playground in which women contort themselves for the viewing pleasure of men. But lately some women have fought to transcend titillation by rebranding it as fitness. Some have even petitioned the International Olympic Committee to make it an Olympic sport.

But a lingering taboo surfaces when men seek to slide onto the pole, too.

"When I tell people what I do, there is shock, 'No! pole dancing is for women," said the "poler" Mr. Shields, who is also a student nurse. "Pole dancing, he says, "can be masculine, too."


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Hungary Bans Same-Sex Marriage in New Conservative Constitution

Hungarian lawmakers approved a new Constitution Monday which bans same-sex marriage and includes a number of other socially conservative tenets, the AP reports:

Hungary Hungary's political opposition and human rights groups including Amnesty International say other measures are attempts to limit freedoms.

The constitution protects the life of a fetus from the moment of conception, a move seen as opening the possibility for a future ban or restrictions on abortion.

Same-sex couples may legally register their partnerships but marriage is restricted to heterosexual relationships.

A ban on discrimination does not mention age or sexual orientation, and the constitution allows lifetime prison sentences for violent crimes without the possibility of parole.

Approximately 3,000 people, including gay rights activists, reportedly attended a rally on Friday opposing the new document.

Budapest Court Overturns Police Rejection of Gay Pride March

The decision by Budapest, Hungary police to withdraw permission for a Gay Pride march based on a request for an extended parade route that would take the march in front of parliament has been overturned by the Budapest Metropolitan Court.

Budapest AFP reported: "The extension would have taken the march in front of parliament, where marchers planned to protest against Hungary's controversial media law and the upcoming new constitution, both perceived as detrimental to the cause of gay rights, Steigler said.The Rainbow Mission eventually modified its request so that the march would have stopped short of the square, as proposed by police. But by Friday, permission for the entire march had been withdrawn, citing a disproportionate disruption to traffic, Steigler said."

Organizers suspected the rejection was politically motivated.

Human Rights Watch applauded the court's decision:

"The Budapest Metropolitan Court's decision on February 18, 2011, to allow an extended route for a gay pride march was an important victory for freedom of assembly in Hungary, Human Rights Watch said today... 'The court's decision was a victory not only for the  community of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, but for the right of all Hungarians to freedom of assembly,' said Boris Dittrich, acting director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch."

The march is scheduled for June 17.


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