Michal Shmulovich at The Times of Israel reports
For the first time, a man and a transgender woman were married under a huppa in Israel this week. The couple, a blonde-bombshell and her husband, whose identity was not revealed, walked down the aisle to the cheers and tears of their friends and family, and with a Channel 2 television crew in tow.
Bride Arizona wore a white dress, or, rather, a light pink one. âItâs the same one Jennifer Lopez wore to the OscarsâŠ This is a special wedding, there are no rules here!â she said, showing off in front of the camera crew, hours before the big moment.
It has taken Arizona a decent bit of commitment to get to the altar as a woman Â
Arizona was born as Erez,Â one of four siblings, into a traditional Jewish family.Â The process of becoming Arizona included hormone treatments, breast implants, and numerous surgeries, all to get that glam feminine look. âI want to beÂ Hollywood,â she said at the salon she runs near Tel Aviv.
âEvery man that likes transgenders would have loved to stand in his [her husband's] shoes, but not everyone has the courage to do it,â she said.
Her previous boyfriend, whom she was with for eight happy years, ultimately couldnât deal with her desire to become a woman, and left her. That was when despair hit, Arizona said, when she felt sheâd never find love again.
She had men chasing her, men who told her they were crazy about her, but who wouldnât even meet her in public for a cup of coffee. One of her friends talked to Channel 2Â about the illicit world of transgender individuals, and the high numbers of men who prostitute them for sex.
But the man under the huppa, her husband, was different; married with three children prior to their relationship, he came through for her, she said.
She does like the lime light, our Arizona
At the ceremony, TV personality Avri Gilad officiated and called Arizonaâs wedding a breakthrough. âEach woman deserves to smile at her wedding, and deserves to wear white,â he said, chuckling, âor pink.â
During the coupleâs vows, Gilad asked Arizona, âWill you always make him feel like a man, during the day and at night?â
Yes, she answered. Â …
Although Arizonaâs father wouldnât attend the ceremony, her mother, as well as her Orthodox sisters, did. Meanwhile, the husbandâs family said they still didnât understand his decision.
Arizona said she was happy to go public with her relationship in front of the whole country. âItâs not like itâs only permissible for gays and lesbians to marry,â she said.
As for the coupleâs future plans?Â She said sheâs âa million percent certainâ theyâll have kids
A million percent. Â I wonder what the adoption laws in Israel are?
Would you stop this couple from getting married?