Ultra-Orthodox Party Debates Resignation of Lawmaker Who Attended Nephew’s Gay Wedding

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The Times of Israel reports: The decision-making body of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party was reported Wednesday to be divided over the future of lawmaker Yigal Guetta, who indicated he would resign earlier in the day in the wake of a furor sparked by his revelation that he had attended his nephew’s gay wedding two years ago, before becoming an MK.

On Wednesday, Guetta wrote to party boss and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri that he would resign and give up his Knesset seat. That was after a group of rabbis drafted a letter condemning him for his admission on Army Radio on Monday that he attended the wedding. The rabbis urged the public to “call and cry out to all the leaders [of Shas] to not endorse this terrible desecration of God’s blessed name and to remove and fire [Guetta] immediately from his public position to a position that has no public role, and to advertise the fact of his firing.”

But the affair is not yet over. While Guetta sent a resignation letter to Deri, he did not send one to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who must receive a formal resignation announcement from an MK in order for it to become official.

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