J’Lem MK’s Propose Gay Pride Ban

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Oy vey. As Tel Aviv unveiled its new gay community center today, politicians in Jerusalem have launched an amendment to ban the city’s gay pride:

A group of MKs, mostly religious, decided on Wednesday to promote an amendment to the Jerusalem Basic Law that would ban the Gay Pride Parade from taking place in the city.

The lawmakers decided to sign a petition addressed to the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Menahem Ben Sasson, urging him to advance the bill that was submitted last year, yielding little progress since.

National Religious Party-National Union MK Eliyahu Gabbay, who initiated the amendment, said: “It is unacceptable that Ben-Sasson stalls decisions that were made in a democratic procedure. It is an anti-democratic move. Personal considerations should stay away from the democratic process.”

The opposition parties are also planning ten mass demonstrations on pride day. Sounds like a par-tay!