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'Happy occasion' as Israel names first gay judge

    Dori Spivak
    Dori Spivak

    Civil rights activists in Israel have praised the appointment of Israel’s first openly gay judge.

    Dori Spivak, a lawyer and the former chairman of Israel’s Association for Civil Rights, (ACRI) was named as a Tel Aviv Labour court judge on Sunday.

    Mr Spivak, a Harvard graduate who lectures at Tel Aviv University’s law department, has been involved in several high profile gay rights cases, including the Supreme Court’s landmark 1997 decision forcing a state channel to broadcast a programme about gay teenagers.

    A lawyer for the ACRI, Dan Yakir, told Israeli newspaper Ynet that the appointment would “contribute to developing human rights”.

    Mr Spivak’s longtime partner, law professor Dr Yishai Blank, added: “It's a happy occasion for us personally and also for the state.”

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