Newly Met Occupiers Say 'I Do' in Zuccotti Park

'We are fighting for equality here,' bride says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2011 1:56 PM CST
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Marry in Zuccotti Park
Singers Graham Nash, center left, and David Crosby, center right, perform a free acoustic concert of protest songs at Occupy Wall Street's Zuccotti Park encampment in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)

(Newser) – They met while looking for a place to pray amid the tents and protesters in Zuccotti Park. A month later, the two lovebirds said "I do" in the very same park, surrounded by friends and fellow Occupiers, the New York Daily News reports. Emery Abdel-Latif, 24, and Micha Balon, 19, tied the knot this morning in a tradition Muslim wedding on a small bench. "This is a good way not to make the marriage about ourselves,” says Balon. “We are fighting for equality here."

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"I'm really glad God has granted me someone who cares about people in this world other than himself," says Balon, who's studying human rights and the Middle East. Abdel-Latif, a prospective law student, says Balon opened up his heart: "I'm not sure I believed in love before I met her." The giddy pair married beside a bronze statue of a businessman that survived 9/11—and became a symbol for those who didn't make it. "It was very symbolic," says a friend of the couple. "I just wanted to cry." (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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