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Israel Appoints First Openly Gay Judge

17 May 2011 By Ruby Ong

FirstGayJudgeDori Spivak has become Israel's first openly gay judge after being appointed to the Tel Aviv Labor Court. Spivak is a veteran human rights campaigner who served as chairman of flagship NIF grantee Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) until last year. He is a law lecturer at Tel Aviv University and deputy director of the Tel Aviv Law Clinic.

Spivak's partner Dr. Yishai Blank said, "I don’t think sexual preferences had anything to do with this appointment. It’s a happy occasion for us personally and also for the State. I’m not objective, of course, but I believe he is deserving in light of his skills, capabilities and his commitment to justice and the law."

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