West Palm Beach same-sex couple to marry in New York

Connie Kurtz and Ruthie Berman together 36 years

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Connie Kurtz and Ruthie Berman are in their mid-70s and have been living in West Palm Beach for eleven years.

Because of politics, they've largely given up hope of getting married anytime soon in Florida.

But when New York's governor signed its marriage law, they decided it was time.

"An engagement of 36 years is long enough."

On Tuesday, July 26th at 1 p.m., Connie and Ruthie, who were featured in a 2001 HBO movie about their fight for gay rights in New York, will step to the altar at their Jewish synagogue in the West Village to take their vows.
"I got the chills thinking about it. It gets better and better and better," said Kurtz.

"Ruthie has sent out the announcement on the computer. I'm not a computer person. I've made phone calls to particular people, and they are very happy for us," said Berman.

Maybe that's because of their long journey.

Fifty years ago, they were married to men and had children.

They met by chance, became friends, and soon realized they were meant to be together, which wasn't easy for everyone to take.

"My mother didn't have Connie come into the household for seven years. There were prices to pay. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world," said Berman.

After a long journey, in less than three weeks, they'll be married.

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