Wait until the young lady realizes she no longer enjoys any rights after this traditional Muslim wedding.
In a first for the downtown protests, two lovebirds who met while protesting Wall Street in Zuccotti Park tied the knot Sunday morning with a humble ceremony in a small corner of the ongoing demonstration.
In front of about a dozen friends and onlooking protesters, Emery Abdel-Latif, 24, and Micha Balon, 19, held a traditional Muslim wedding on Trinity Place and Liberty Street, perched on a small bench next to the park’s famous sculpture of a seated man with a briefcase.
“We have to be able to understand truly how unique this relationship is,” said Khalid Latif, the chaplain at New York University who married the eager duo.
“You have been given a deep blessing today,” he said.
The two activists met in September when they were trying to find a space in the crowded park to pray. They immediately hit it off.
A month later, they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together – without delay.
“We met here and it’s cheap. We don’t have to pay anything,” said the giddy bride, dressed in a white skirt and blouse with a small cloak.
“I’m really glad God has granted me someone who cares about people in this world other than himself.”
Balon, a Hunter College student from Staten Island studying human rights and Middle East studies, said marrying in Zuccotti Park’s “sacred space” ensured their life together was starting on the right note.
“This is a good way not to make the marriage about ourselves,” she said. “We are fighting for equality here. This is a great way to start off our marriage.”
Abdel-Latif, a prospective law student from West Chester County, Pa., said Balon changed his life.
Some were overcome by the emotion of it all.
After they sealed the deal, the small crowd applauded and the couple scrambled to take wedding photos amid the sea of tents.
“It was very symbolic,” said Elif Gorken, 18, a friend from Hunter. “I just wanted to cry.”
I guess they’ll now be occupying the honeymoon tent.
Word has it the occupiers chipped in and bought them a dimebag as a wedding present.