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Rabbis Force ultra-Orthodox Israeli Lawmaker to Resign After Attending Gay Nephew’s Wedding

MK Yigal Guetta left the ultra-Orthodox Shas party after prominent rabbis demanded his resignation for attending a same-sex marriage

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli lawmaker resigned on Wednesday after a number of prominent rabbis demanded his party fire him for attending his gay nephew’s wedding.

Shas MK Yigal Guetta told Israeli media at the beginning of the week that he attended his nephew’s same-sex marriage ceremony, prompting outrage from leading Sephardic rabbis affiliated with the deeply religious party. Continue reading on Haaretz

“Two years ago, my sister called me and said, ‘Yigal, I want to make you happy, my son is getting married in two months,’” Guetta recalled.

“She told me he [the son] wanted to speak with me, and he told me on the phone, ‘Uncle Yigal, I want to ask you to consecrate me at the huppa.’”

Guetta did not yet understand the nature of the request. “I told him, ‘Listen, I don’t understand these things, but there are people who [officiate at weddings] as a profession, and I promise to find you someone who will do it in the best possible way.’

“Then he said to me, ‘Yes, but I want to tell you something else: I’m gay and I’m marrying a man.’

“I told him, ‘You know what? Now I understand this even less.’”

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