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'This Affirms Our Lives': After 13 Years of Marriage, A Same-Sex Couple Is Legally Wed

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Erika Karp and SarI Kessler, together 14 years, arrived at the clerk's office at 4 a.m. They were the first in line. (Alec Hamilton/WNYC)

Longtime couple Erika Karp and her wife, Sari Kessler, were among the first same-sex couples to be wed on Sunday as hundreds lined up outside the Manhattan clerk's office to get their marriage license on the first day gay marriage became legal in New York.

Karp and a friend arrived at 4:30 a.m. in Lower Manhattan to secure their spots in line outside the clerk's office and wait for their wives to join them. Karp and her wife, Sari Kessler, have been together for 14 years and have three daughters, ages 3, 6 and 9. 

"This affirms our lives," Karp said. "It doesn't really change our lives, and there's a lot more to do, but this is a landmark."

The two women, who met at their synagogue, were married 13 years ago in what they described as "a big Jewish wedding" officiated by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum.

The rabbi was there to marry them once again Sunday, under a rainbow chuppah, in front of their smiling daughters, their friends, family, and dozens of well-wishers.

After the wedding the couple plan to have a celebration brunch at home. Her voice breaking with emotion, Karp said having their marriage recognized is meaningful to them. 

(SarI Kessler embraces Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum/Photo: Alec Hamilton/WNYC)

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Comments [2]

Marjorie from New York

To ALL couples - heartfelt congratulations and mazel-tov, now and in the many many years to come. I hope yesterday's wonderful moments can be a choice in everyone's lives, no matter the state.

Jul. 25 2011 11:29 AM
Mariel from New York

You mean "spots" instead of "sports" in second graph!

Jul. 25 2011 09:34 AM

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