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Rivlin Urges Equal Rights at Event Marking Anniversary of 2009 Gay Center Shooting

President Rivlin says LGBT community is an integral part of Israeli society, calls on state to find a way forward in disputes with it

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday visited the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center in Tel Aviv, to mark the eighth anniversary since two people were shot dead at the center’s Youth Bar in an attack that also injured another 11 people.

“The LGBT community is an integral part of Israeli society,” Rivlin said. “God forbid we should ever give up – there are disagreements that relate to society as a whole, and for them we must fight for the way our society looks, each and every one of us, according to their beliefs. Let us discuss, let us resolve disputes out of mutual respect for each other.”

In what appeared to be a reference to an ongoing debate on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children Rivlin added “I am filled with hope, that the State of Israel, and all its institutions, will know how to act responsibly in its decision-making, and in a way that does not negate or degrade any population, even in the struggle over disputed issues.” Continue reading in The Times of Israel