Queer Israelis found a gap in law to have their relationships recognized

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Liran Buchny and Maor Shtern spoke to CBS This Morning about how they celebrated their wedding in Portugal because their homeland, Israel, does not allow them to wed. The couple – who met almost a decade ago while serving together in the Israeli army – travelled to Portugal with their families in August so they could have a legal wedding, because marriage certificates of Israeli citizens issued abroad have a legal power in Israel. So if an Israeli same-sex couple marries somewhere where it is legal, they will be considered married in their native land. By now more than 400 Israeli same-sex couples got married abroad in 2018 in an effort to have their unions recognized by the state. While the couple could not have a legal wedding in their home country, they decided they wanted to host a celebration anyway to mark the occasion, and it was a traditional Jewish wedding.

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