After 47 Years, Lesbian Couple Weds

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Pearl Berlin (left) and Lennie Gerber rejoice after their marriage ceremony. (photo credit: Arlene Gutterman. Courtesy of Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber)

Pearl Berlin (left) and Lennie Gerber rejoice after their marriage ceremony. (photo credit: Arlene Gutterman. Courtesy of Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber)

After a 47-year relationship, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin finally got married.

For the lesbian couple, North Carolina residents, a wedding had always seemed something out of reach, especially after the state’s May 8, 2012 approval of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

But last Sunday they found themselves standing under a chuppah at Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro.

“My dream was always to be married before family, friends and community in a Jewish ceremony,” said Gerber, 77, who met Berlin in 1966 when Berlin hired her to work with her at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she was a professor.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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