Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin joined representatives from many of the left-wing parties on Monday night at the Jerusalem Open House, a gay and lesbian community center, for a debate focusing on issues important to the GLBTQ community. Shlomo Molla (Tzipi Livni Party), Dov Khanin (Hadash), Adi Kol (Yesh Atid) Nino Abesadze (Labor), and Michal Roisin (Meretz) also spoke for the event.
Rivlin urged gay voters to vote according to their political ideology, not just their social ideology. “Patronizing the gay community is absolutely unacceptable,” he told the packed room of 150 people. “But vote for who you want to take action, not just for someone like you.” The comment was aimed at Meretz, whose liberal agenda and openly gay Knesset member have made it a popular political home for gay young people.
The fiery oration from Michal Roisin (Meretz) appealed to the largely liberal group, many of whom wore bright green Meretz shirts. “Social justice doesn’t end at the Green Line,” she said. “If you are really passionate about equality, no group steps on another group or discriminates against another group.”