Disinfo: Western ruling elites impose the legalisation of same-sex marriages and hormone therapy of children


The western ruling elites impose on their societies such norms as the legalisation of same-sex marriages and hormone therapy of children in pre-puberty age without parental consent.



This message exploits the elites vs. the people narrative implying that in the Western countries legislation on same-sex marriages is introduced despite a wide opposition from the population. In reality, national legislatures elected in free and fair elections represent the views of the public. In those countries where same-sex marriages find little public support (e.g., Lithuania, Poland) respective legislation has not been adopted. See the opinion polls for same-sex marriage by country here. It also taps into the morally corrupt West narrative.

In most of EU Member States (20), access to transgender hormone therapy is provided for children under the same conditions applied to access any other medical treatment, such as access to reproductive or sexual health services. In this context, the age requirement for access to medical treatment without the consent of a public authority and/or parents is 18 years in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, France, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, 16 years in Poland and Spain; 15 years in Denmark and Slovenia; 14 years in Latvia. In the United Kingdom the age requirement ranges from 16 in Scotland to 17 in England and 18 in Wales. In seven Member States, Belgium, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden, access depends on the maturity of the child.





  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: children, EU, Western values, Democracy, Conspiracy, Europe


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