Couple Weds On Same-Sex Marraige Law Anniversary

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Martha Belesis and Sarah Christ married on Monday, June 26, at Southampton Town Hall. Aside from being a timestamp for their long-term commitment to each other, the date has a deeper significance for the couple.Two years ago, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not keep same-sex couples from marrying. From that day forward, same-sex couples nationwide were granted marriage equality in the eyes of the law.

However, the newlyweds said they didn’t intentionally set out to tie the knot on that anniversary. After filing for a marriage license with the Town of Southampton, the pair thought June would be an appropriate time, since it is Gay Pride month. The rest is a happy coincidence.

“We didn’t actually know specifically that the date was an anniversary date of the Marriage Equality Act,” Ms. Belesis said. “It was kind of amazing how this is how it all played out.”

The pair, who have been together for two and a half years, plan to have a reception sometime in the future. Their decision to have a quiet marriage ceremony at Town Hall came after a series of unfortunate events last year, including the death of Ms. Belesis’s father, and Ms. Christ’s stage four lung cancer diagnosis.

In good times and bad times, and through sickness and in health, the married couple’s love for each other endures.

When each was asked what was special about the other, the pair became emotional.

“I would say everything is special about Sarah,” Ms. Belesis said. “There are not a lot of people in the world who have that magnetic force which just draws you in, and she does that.”

“She just has this huge heart, this huge amount of generosity, thoughtfulness,” Ms. Christ said of Ms. Belesis. “There are a million things that I love about her, and I think we make each other better every day.”

Ms. Belesis and Ms. Christ were joined at the ceremony by the latter’s three children.

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