It technically doesn’t, as marriage is unfortunately controlled by religious authorities in Israel.  However, in certain key ways, Israel has blown past the United States in terms of equal rights for gay couples.  In a new video for VJM, journalist Yermi Brenner introduces us to how gay couples work it out in Israel.  There’s a class issue involved here:  for those couples who can afford to travel abroad to get married, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled several years back that the nation would recognize marriages performed abroad, including those of same-sex partners.  And for those who can’t afford it, an organization has stepped up to help couples get the protections and rights that they need as couples.  Interesting stuff.

Of course, WordPress is being difficult, so I can’t seem to embed the video here, but by all means, hop over to the Huffington Post to watch.