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Anti-LGBTQ+ Politician Caught in All-Male Orgy Resigns Post

József Szájer

An anti-LGBTQ+ Hungarian politician has resigned from the European Parliament after being caught in what’s being described as an orgy involving 25 men.

József Szájer, who has spoken proudly of writing a ban on same-sex marriage into Hungary’s constitution, acknowledged Tuesday that he had been at what he called a “house party” last Friday in Brussels, Belgium, The Guardian reports. Police had raided the event for violation of Belgium’s COVID-19 restrictions, banning gatherings of more than four people.

Szájer was caught “shimmying down a drainpipe” in an attempt to escape police, the publication notes. He had no identifying documents with him and had drugs in his backpack, according to a police report. He said the drugs were planted on him and that he had not taken any, and he was released with a warning after officers escorted him home and he produced his diplomatic passport. Police, however, “have opened a case against those present for violating lockdown rules, as well as against Szájer for possession of drugs,” The Guardian reports.

He resigned Sunday from the European Parliament, without explanation. Then in his Tuesday statement, he said he had made a “misstep” that was “strictly personal,” Politico reports. He apologized to his family but did not address the nature of the party. “I ask everyone not to extend [criticism] to my homeland, or to my political community,” he added.

Party host David Manzheley told a Belgian newspaper that Szájer came as the guest of an invitee. “I always invite a few friends to my parties, who in turn bring some friends along, and then we make it fun together,” he said. “We talk a bit, we drink something — just like in a cafe. The only difference is that in the meantime we also have sex with each other.” The guests were “completely naked” when police arrived after receiving a complaint, Manzheley said.

Szájer, 59, is a high-ranking member of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz Party, which has right-wing ideology, and represented it in the European Parliament. He is a close ally of Prime Minister Victor Orbán. He is married to a woman, but a source told The Guardian that it was an “open secret” that he is not completely heterosexual.

When Hungary revised its constitution in 2011, it included a section restricting marriage to male-female couples. Szájer spoke proudly of writing the document on his iPad. A reporter asked him how such a limited definition of marriage could be appropriate in the 21st century, and he responded, “It depends how we interpret the 21st century. I don’t think that the traditional concept of marriage has changed just because we came into another millennium.”

Under Orbán, Hungary has continued to enact anti-LGBTQ+ laws, and last month, Justice Minister Judit Varga proposed a constitutional amendment mandating traditional gender roles, endorsing “children’s right to the gender identity they were born with,” and stating that only married heterosexual couples can adopt children. The pending amendment has drawn condemnation from European authorities.

Orbán said Wednesday that Szájer had left Fidesz, and the prime minister denounced his associate’s behavior, The Guardian reports. “What our representative, József Szájer, did has no place in the values of our political family,” Orbán said. “We will not forget nor repudiate his 30 years of work, but his deed is unacceptable and indefensible.”

Some supporters of the party, however, downplayed the incident. TV host Zsolt Jeszenszky contended liberals were making “a huge political deal out of a sex scandal,” and he and others suggested Szájer was set up, according to The Guardian.

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