Israeli Lawmaker & Single Mom Had a Baby with Gay Friend

Recently, an Israeli lawmaker had a baby with a gay friend she isn’t married to–which isn’t exactly the first time this has ever happened, but it’s definitely a rarity for someone in public life. It’s the first time “a Knesset* member has pursued shared parenting out of wedlock,” according to The Times of Israel. 

41-year-old MK Merav Ben Ari announced the good news when she posted a photo of her baby girl to her Twitter account.

In the caption, she wrote how much her daughter means to her (her note has been translated from Hebrew to English):

“Thank you very much to all those who wished me well. As much as I prepared I did not understand at all until it happened to me. She was well synced with the [Knesset] plenum and on Saturday morning she entered my world, I was moved.”

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*The Knesset is Israel’s unicameral parliament.