Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Shalom!

Words of welcome from our wedding program:
We are overjoyed that each of you is here today to share in this celebration and consecration of our love and our lives together. Our wedding is not just a private affair. In Judaism, it is so important to affirm our commitment in the context of a history and a community – both of which give real meaning and direction to our lives. What you will witness today is a combination of many traditions which generations before us have used to assert their love before God, family, and friends. You will also hear and see some modern additions that we believe are in keeping with our tradition while also defining our own unique relationship in 2005.

While we follow the footsteps of many Jewish couples before us, we also know that ours is a less-trodden path as a same-sex couple. Today we want to commit publicly our bond and love in the company of you, our friends and family, who have supported us in so many ways these past three years. We also want to affirm the ground-breaking stand Reform Judaism has taken that same sex unions are holy and valid. Finally, we want to proclaim by our and your presence that we all stand together in the belief that loving couples and families are of many sorts in America. Further, we today defy any so-called morality group to define for us what they see as the ‘only’ way for marriage to occur. May the time be not too distant that our state and federal governments understand and act to assure the fundamental right to marry for all Americans.

Mozel Tov!
At 3 pm on Father's Day Sunday, June 19th we were married in a Jewish wedding ceremony. More details and maybe pictures to come.

7 comments:

Houston said...

Sugah, you've dotted all the "i's" and crossed all the "t's". You're ready to fly.

I mentioned before, but I see this as a celebratory acknowledgement of what you have, rather than a beginning of some sort. This is not a beginning for you.

While the idea of Gay marriage may be new to many, your lives witness that it is already in place. It's not a new concept. We've been making families for a long time.

Stand tall, because you stand for so many loving couples who are unable to even acknowledge their love and affection. You also stand for so many loving individuals who never felt worthy of being loved and therefore never had a significant other.

I wish you well. Mazel tov!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Jere

Bob said...

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. What about a honeymoon?

Jason said...

Congratulations to all of you - you, your husband, your kids.

Thom said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

congrats! Mazel tov! You guys are great and I love your interesting love story. I thought you and your readers might be interested in some great alternative fathers day gift ideas. Rather than giving dad another tie or a new electric razor, on ChangingThePresent.org you can feed a family, help build a classroom for school kids or give a child her first book. There are also a ton of different environmental, water cleansing and educational related gifts to give; some that start at just 5 dollars!

Please take a look at the site – let me know if you have any suggestions for how we can get the word out for father’s day! If you would like more information or have any great tips for us feel free to contact me at smisch1@pride.hofstra.edu or call the office at 212-972-2368. We would love to hear from you!

Best,
Sheera

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