Israel Appoints First Openly Gay Judge (And A Very Good Looking One At That!)

Former chairman of Israel’s Association for Civil Rights, (ACRI), Dori Spivak was appointed Tel Aviv Labour court judge on Sunday. 

Gay activists and academics praised Spivak’s nomination, describing it as “a ray of sunshine, especially at a dark time like today where human rights organizations are under attack.”

From The Jewish Chronoical:

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.”

Congratulations to the newly appointed Judge Spiak.

How do you say “Nice guns, Your Honor” in Hebrew?


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