Posted on | April 19, 2011 by Roger Kiska, J.D. |
Exciting news from the Central European nation of Hungary, where the new government under Prime Minister Viktor Orban has adopted a new constitution which is expected to be ratified by Hungary’s President on April 25 and come into force at the beginning of 2012. The new constitution is significant in several ways. First, it is a symbol of a growing trend among new EU Member States to protect life and the family. The constitution demands protection for the unborn child from conception (article 2) and protects the sanctity of marriage as between a man and a woman (Article M). This is a huge step forward for Europe where the European Court of Human Rights and other intergovernmental institutions have been trying for years to undermine both life and family and to bully new EU Member States. Second, it is amazing how quickly the condemnation of the new constitution has arisen. Comments regarding the lack of transparency in its drafting and the fact that it did not follow a referendum have coming pouring out the leftist EU institutions. Funny how these institutions never condemn the lack of democratic fairness or lack of transparency when legislation is rushed promoting their issues. The fact is, the new Hungarian government enjoys a super majority because the people of Hungary so voted. The new constitution is a symbol of that vision. And as a fellow Central European, I could not be prouder of my neighbors to the south.