Habayit Hayehudi candidates for the next Knesset expressed overwhelming opposition to same sex marriages in a video clip that the religious Zionist Kipa website published Wednesday. Kipa staff asked candidates for the party's slate "as part of a new project," according to its website.
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Of 18 candidates, seven gave a flat out "no," citing religion, tradition or human nature as the basis of their objection. Three expressed support for recognition of civil rights of same-sex couples that would put them on a par with married heterosexual couples but reserved the institution of marriage to male-female unions.
Three of them denied that there is any "such thing" as same-sex marriages, while Danny Dayan said he had to consult "both rabbis and other people" before giving an answer. A couple avoided answering, sufficing with statements like "I don't judge the people who receive such a blow in life" (Avraham Azoulay) and " We need to help every citizen with their troubles” (Hagit Moshe).
The closest anyone came to a "yes" was Doron Danino, who said, "They should be well."
The editors of Kipa refused to allow Haaretz to add English-language subtitles to the video, citing copyright concerns. Therefore, the full transcript appears below.
What do the candidates in the primaries for Habayit Hayehudi think about ... Same sex marriage:
Yehudit Shilat: Same sex marriage? Ohhhh, there's no such thing.
Amiad Taub: Same sex marriage? Oppose it completely.
Nehemia Rappel: There's no such thing.
MK Nissan Slomiansky: We need to understand there must be children in the world, so I think the traditional family of a husband and wife and children is the right thing, the real thing, that builds the world and doesn't destroy it, and it has beauty and incredible power.
Moshe Solomon: I don't understand why we need it.
Nir Orbach: I completely object ot the entire concept of the new family, there is only one family in Judaism - it is the basic family of father, mother and children.
Batya Kahana-Dror: It is not a secret I supported the civil union. Civil union is not marriage, but it is in fact a civil route that allows the recognition of rights of people to live with partners as they wish and still receive rights. Marriage, let's leave to heterosexual marriage, marriage we know according to tradition.
Yossi Fuchs: What is called one kind with something that is not its kind, I don't believe in the thing called same sex marriage. Certainly not in our Jewish state.
Ronen Shoval: Marriage is between a man and a woman. That is the definition of marriage. You can create in society other arrangements which provide, grant all sorts of other rights, but let's not call them marriage. Let's preserve the holiness of the concept which is the holiness of the family.
Sarah Eliash: What people do in private manner, we don't need to interfere. With all the sympathy that people can have privately, the public dimension must provide legitimacy to the normative family.
MK Moti Yogev: The continuation of life is created by male and female, that is nature, that is the divine principle, that is how we were born - you and me.
Asher Cohen: If the intention is whether we want to give it an official status like marriage according [to Jewish law], the answer is clear cut - no.
Avraham Azoulay: I don't judge the people who receive such a blow in life, and I know a lot [of them], and God forbid that I should judge [them].
Doron Danino: They should be well.
Danny Dayan: It is not the state's role to prevent the partnership of - ehh, I always say that if my daughter had wanted to marry and Arab for me it would have been, God forbid, a tragedy. But I don't think the state is the one to prevent her from [doing] it. I, in my educating [her] need to prevent her from it. The political issue, how, how it translates into law, I will consult on this matter with both rabbis and other people and only after will I decide on an opinion, with the understanding I am inside Habayit Hayehudi.
Yigal Dilmoni: No need.
Hagit Moshe: We need to help every citizen with their troubles, it's not simple, this story.
MK Eli Ben Dahan: The state does not need to recognize such marriages, but if two people of the same sex want to marry - live together, it's their full right.