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Same-sex Couple on Israeli ‘Dancing’ Sent Packing

Same-sex Couple on Israeli ‘Dancing’ Sent Packing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis voted off the first same-sex partners on "Dancing with the Stars."

The end for television sportscaster Gili Shem Tov and professional dancer Dorit Milman came on the third week of this season, the reality show’s fifth on the air.

Shem Tov is a lesbian married to a woman with whom she has a son. Milman, who is not a lesbian, was not aware that she had a female partner until Shem Tov walked into the studio for their first meeting.

"Because I share my life with a woman and have a family with her, to me this is the most natural thing to do," Shem Tov said during the introductory show.

"Dancing with the Stars," based on the British "Strictly Come Dancing" show, was the first of 35 versions broadcast in countries around the world to have same-sex partners.

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