During Tuesday`s special plenary session to mark Gay Community Rights Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) said ”I asked to come here in the middle of my busy schedule to say one thing to the male and female members of the LGBT community: Every person is created in the image of God. This belief was introduced to humanity by our people thousands of years ago, and it is the principle which must guide our national lives today.”
MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) spoke of the challenges the members of the LGBT community face on a daily basis and said ”I wish to remind all the MKs from all the factions of the House that members of the community come from all the population groups and all the sectors, so they are also your electorate, your voters, and you have a responsibility towards them.”
PM Benjamin Netanyahu (archive photo)
MK Merav Michaeli (Zionist Camp) told the plenum ”I was hoping to stand here today and submit a bill which would change the law regarding adoption. The Knesset is the legislating body which determines the norms of our lives; who we are and what we are. This House still insists on turning its back on the gay community.” The government and the coalition, she stated, accept ”as a sort of predestination” that some of their members do not accept the community and even condemn it.
MK Amir Ohana (Likud) said, ”10 percent of Israelis feel that the law discriminates against them. They cannot marry in their own country or have children in their own country, or inherit their partner`s [property] in the event of death, and not because they are hostile to the state, do not serve in the army or do not pay taxes, but because they are homosexual or lesbian.”
As Jews, Ohana said, ”we too were hated for no fault of our own; we too were persecuted and discriminated against, and there were attempts to convert us because we were not like everyone else.”