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Hungarian Cab Min Comes Out
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: July 6, 2007 - 11:00 am ET 

(Budapest) Gabor Szetey has become the first Hungarian cabinet minister to announce he is gay.  Szetey, a member the Socialist Party used a speech opening an LGBT film festival to make his announcement.

"My name is Gabor Szetey. I am the personnel state secretary of the government of the Republic of Hungary. I believe in God, love, freedom and equality. I am Hungarian and European. I am an economist and a personnel leader. I am a partner, a friend, sometimes an opponent. And I am gay," he said.

The declaration comes as Budapest prepares to celebrate gay pride this weekend.

Szetey said that he hoped his coming out would encourage other Hungarian gays to follow.  The 38-year old said that it took him 28 years to come to terms with his homosexuality.

He is the second politician to come out in Hungary.  The first was Klara Ungar, a member of the liberal SZDSZ party.

Szetey was joined on stage as he made the announcement by Dr. Klara Dobrev, the wife of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and four other cabinet ministers.

Gyurcsany leads a coalition government that includes the SZDSZ and Szetey's coming out will likely add pressure to SZDSZ calls for same-sex couples to have all of the rights of marriage.

The small partner in the coalition has the support of several opposition parties.  And although Gyurcsany has given his personal support to the draft legislation his Socialist Party is deeply divided.

The bill is similar to Britain's civil partnerships.  Although it would grant all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage it would not allow same-sex couples to use the name.

The opposition Christian Democratic People's Party opposes the bill.

365Gay.com 2007

 


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