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.
תודה רבה לכל המברכות והמברכים, כמה שהתכוננתי לא הבנתי בכלל עד שזה קרה לי.
היא הייתה מתואמת יפה עם המליאה ובשבת בבוקר נכנסה לעולמי, התרגשתי❤ pic.twitter.com/CT3TWbyrLM
— מירב בן ארי Merav BA (@meravi11) March 26, 2017
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.”
*The Knesset is Israel’s unicameral parliament.