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Joan Rivers Supports Surrogacy for Israeli Gay Couple

By Anne Cohen

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When she’s not in bed with Sarah Silverman or giving scathing fashion advice, Joan Rivers advocates for the rights of gay couples in Israel.

Rivers joined Fashion Police co-stars Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopolous, as well as a number of Israeli celebrities in lending support to Yuval and Liran, an Israeli couple raising awareness about surrogacy for the LGBT community in Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

The couple told their story in a video — which went viral in Israel — holding up signs criticizing Israeli surrogacy laws, which they see as discriminatory against gay couples.

Celebrity supporters held up similar signs in both Hebrew and English, stating “We want them to have a baby too.”

Rivers’ attention was called to the issue by A Wider Bridge, a US organization that encourages deeper connexions between the American LGBT community and Israel. The group’s website explains that it was easy to get Rivers on board: “The wonderful gesture of Joan Rivers and her gang came after a request A Wider Bridge sent to ‘Fashion Police’ head writer and Joan’s close friend, Toni Tripoli, with links to the stories on A Wider Bridge’s website. ‘We’re so touched by the story, and the cast would be happy to do it,’ Tripoli replied almost immediately.”

“Joan Rivers was one of the first names on our minds, because she has always been outspoken about her support for gay people and her love for Israel. On Thursday she proved to us that she’s not only talking, she’s also doing,” said Arthur Seipian, CEO and founder of A Wider Bridge, in a statement released to Israeli media.

Israeli celebrities backing the cause included singers Eyal Golan, Harel Skaat, Dudu Aharon and Ninet Tayeb, journalist and TV personality Gal Uchovsky as well as entrepreneur Pnina Rozenblum, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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