Kendal couples celebrate combined 100 years

Courtesy photo Ira and Priscilla Steinberg and Ted Nowick and Robert Taylor share a cake on their June 26 anniversaries, which was shared by the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality decision.

Two Kendal at Oberlin couples are celebrating a combined 100 years together.

Ira and Priscilla Steinberg marked 60 years together and Ted Nowick and Robert Taylor observed 40 years Friday.

The celebration began at Kendal with family and close friends for dinner. The Steinbergs’ youngest son, Ethan, surprised them by flying in for the day from Los Angeles.

Robert Taylor delivered a champagne toast that will forever mark the special day, reading the final paragraph of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision issued the same day to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” the majority opinion closes. “As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

In response to the decision, one Kendal resident presented a rainbow flag, a symbol of the international LGBT rights movement, to display in the Kendal lounge, where the two couples had invited all Kendal residents to join them for a gelato party after dinner.

Priscilla Steinberg ended the evening with these words: “It’s been a joyful and historic occasion, and I look forward to a combined 110th anniversary in 2025. Who knows what that might bring!”