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HAPPY: ANOTHER KENNEDY IN LOVE; RFK'S CONGRESSMAN SON, JOE, AND HIS ASSISTANT, BETH KELLY, ARE SET TO WED
PEOPLE, August 23, 1993
IT'S A FISH STORY, BUT DEFINITELY NOT about the one that got away. On July 17, Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, 40, and his very close aide, Anne Elizabeth ''Beth'' Kelly, 36, were in piscine pursuit off the coast of Florida. ''Beth and I love to fish, so I hand-made a little ring and tied it to the end of a line that was overboard,'' recalls the oldest son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. ''Beth reeled it in – and there it was.'' While she was still examining this unlikely catch of the day, he popped the question. Now, as the pair sit in his sunny Capitol Hill office, beaming adoringly at each other, his bride-to-be laughs. ''I can't believe you're telling this story,'' she says. ''It doesn't sound romantic,'' she adds, ''but it was the sweetest, most romantic thing. I saved the ring.''
The one Kelly wears, however, is real -- a whopping round diamond flanked by diamond baguettes. It was specially designed by Kennedy with the help of an old school chum who is now a Baltimore jeweler. ''I had a thought of what I wanted to do,'' he says, pleased with his effort. ''We drew it on a little piece of paper. I wanted it to be nice.'' Offers Kelly: ''It's beautiful. Exactly what I would have chosen.''
No surprise, say friends. After all, Kennedy and Kelly have been an item for almost three years -- and have worked side by side since 1982, when she was hired at Citizens Energy Corp., a Boston company Kennedy founded to provide low-cost fuel for the needy. In 1986 she worked on his first Massachusetts congressional campaign and soon afterward joined his Washington staff, where she is his scheduler and personal secretary, occupying a desk right outside his office. ''She pretty much manages his professional life. They're always together,'' says one former aide. Despite such closeness, they deny that their relationship broke up his 11-year marriage to Philadelphia socialite Sheila Rauch. Business turned romantic, both insist, only after Kennedy's 1990 separation.
Friends call their relationship a love match between opposites. Kennedy, they say, is impetuous, disorganized and occasionally so inarticulate that colleagues on Capitol Hill have referred to him as
the Wizard of Uhs. Kelly, from Burlington, N.J., the daughter of Leo Kelly, 71, a retired Navy jet pilot, and Claire, 69, a former Navy nurse, is said to be thoughtful, efficient, self-taught (she never attended college) and tactful. ''Joe is energetic, verging on hyper,'' says an old friend, Congressman Bart Gordon (D- Tenn.). ''Beth brings a calming influence.'' Where he by nature basks in the public eye, she, says her mom, ''does not seek the limelight. She prefers to step back because she prefers her privacy.''
What matters most to the couple is family. Both grew up in big Catholic broods (he grew up with 10 siblings, she with six), and they share most weekends with Matthew and Joseph, 12, Kennedy's twins by Rauch. ''I never get to see them enough, but we spend every moment we can with them,'' he says of the boys, who live with their mother in Cambridge, Mass. ''One of the great things is how well they get along with Beth.''
She agrees. ''We're really good friends,'' she says, ''and we all like to do the same things.'' Adds Kennedy: ''It's a pretty athletically oriented existence.'' During the boys' fierce hockey and soccer games, Kelly -- who, according to her mom, was never an athlete as a kid -- cheerleads. As a , foursome they hike, sail and, of course, fish. Just one little problem, admits Kennedy, ever the competitor: ''Beth catches more fish than I do, and it drives me crazy.''
The couple have yet to set a wedding date, since they are waiting to hear whether the Catholic Church will grant Kennedy an annulment (this seems likely, since 41,121 were handed out in 1991 in the U.S. alone). In any case, Kelly plans to continue working for Kennedy. ''I wouldn't know what to do without Beth,'' he says simply. ''So I'm strongly in favor of continuing our working relationship as well as
our personal one.'' Besides, says pal Gordon, ''as hokey as it may sound, Joe and Beth are very much in love. They want to spend as much time together as possible. Each makes the other happy.''
THE BOSTON GLOBE, SEPTEMBER 13, 1993
An Oct. 10 date has been set for the marriage of Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the son of US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Joan Kennedy, to a psychiatrist who teaches at Yale University.
Kennedy, 31, is to marry Katherine Anne Gershman, 33. And though talk is rife that the nuptials will take place in St. Andrew's Church on Block Island, off Rhode Island's coast, a Kennedy family member last night confirmed the wedding date, but not the location.
According to one Block Island resident, the bride-to-be has a good friend with a home on the island and the couple has enjoyed sailing there.
St. Andrew's church underwent extensive renovations this summer, including a new parking lot that stretches outside the Chapel Street building, town residents say, fueling speculation the wedding will take place there.
Gershman, also known as Kiki, was born in New York City and moved as a child to Stamford, Conn. She teaches a seminar at Yale medical school and supervises a psychiatric residency at the university. She also works at the Connecticut Mental Health Center as an attending physician in psychiatry for the outpatient unit.
Kennedy works as the director of community projects for the lead program in the pediatrics department at Yale medical school.
Kennedy, whose right leg was amputated when he was 12 because of cancer, has been a disability rights activist and is founder of Facing the Challenge, a Boston-based advocacy group. He managed his father's reelection campaign in 1988.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Kennedy said the couple met three years ago when they were introduced by a professor at a Yale chamber music recital. Kennedy proposed to Gershman last October.
USA TODAY, OCTOBER 7, 1993
One wedding that's no secret is Sunday's Rhode Island nuptials of Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy Jr., who triumphed over the cancer that cost him a leg at age 12, and Katharine "Kiki" Gershman.
Ted, 32, elder son of Sen. Edward Kennedy and former wife Joan Bennett Kennedy, directs a Yale School of Medicine program aiding families affected by lead poisoning, and he's getting a University of Connecticut law degree. Kiki, 34, is a psychiatrist who teaches at Yale and has her own practice.
It'll be a big family weekend, with Sen. Kennedy and wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, hosting the fireworks display that's a tradition at Kennedy weddings on Saturday, and Joan Kennedy giving a Monday brunch for the wedding party. Best man will be Ted's brother, Rhode Island State Rep. Patrick Kennedy; bridesmaids will include sister Kara Kennedy Allen.
All 17 ushers will wear Nantucket red pants, blue blazers, floral-print ties to the Catholic ceremony on Block Island.
Flower girl and ring bearer will be the daughters, ages 8 and 11, of the senator's wife, Victoria.
Ted and Kiki met four years ago, chose the island for their wedding because of many enjoyable visits there.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 8, 1993
Kennedy-wedding watchers who are tired of waiting for John F. Kennedy Jr. and Darryl Hannah to tie the knot may be assuaged by this bit of news: EDWARD M. KENNEDY JR., a son of the Senator, and Dr. KATHERINE ANNE GERSHAM will marry on Sunday on Block Island, R.I. The ceremony at Saint Andrew's Catholic Church is to be followed by a reception at the Spring House Hotel after a round of weekend celebrations including a square dance and a fireworks display.
Some 300 people, including the Senator, his former wife, Joan Bennett Kennedy, and his current wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and other Kennedy relatives are expected.
A statement from the Senator's office yesterday included the tantalizing information that the bride, who is a psychiatrist and an assistant professor at Yale University, would be attended by a maid of honor, two bridesmaids and a flower girl.
By contrast, the bridegroom, a law student at the University of Connecticut, is to be accompanied to the altar by a best man, 2 groomsmen (in black tie) and 17 ushers (wearing "Nantucket red pants, blue blazers and matching floral-print ties"). Among the ushers are four cousins, but not John Kennedy. Will he even be there? No one is saying.
THE RECORD, OCTOBER 8, 1993
Block Islanders are braced as the Kennedy family, followed by media hordes, flocks into Rhode Island for the wedding of Edward Kennedy Jr. this weekend.
The son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is scheduled to marry Katherine Anne Gershman on Sunday.
About 300 guests will invade this tranquil island for the private, four-day celebration that begins Friday.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah, and Maria Shriver and husband Arnold Schwarzenegger are among the invited guests.
"Just another couple of people getting married," grumbled Ralph Derby, who works at an information booth on the island. "Don't know what the big deal is."
By Wednesday, the island's hotels were booked, and reporters, photographers, and others searching for a bed were steered toward residents who might be willing to rent a room.
The 32-year-old groom attends the University of Connecticut School of Law. Gershman, 34, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University and has a private practice in New Haven.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OCTOBER 9, 1993
The Kennedy clan, in country-western garb, square-danced and ate barbecued chicken Saturday during a prenuptial party thrown by Sen. Edward Kennedy for his son and future daughter-in-law.
"Everybody likes country music," said Melody Miller, a spokeswoman for the Kennedy family. "This is the opportunity for everyone to join in the celebration. There'll be lots of kisses and high-fives."
The festivities, which were private, got under way late Saturday afternoon on the grounds of a Block Island mansion that faces the Atlantic Ocean.
A white tent covered a wooden dance floor laid down on the mansion grounds for the hoedown. The protection wasn't needed as the wedding guests danced to tunes performed by The Captain Fiddle Square Dance Band under blue skies and temperatures in the 70s.
The wedding of Edward "Ted" Kennedy Jr., the son of the Massachusetts Democrat, and Katherine Anne Gershman is planned for Sunday afternoon at St. Andrew Catholic Church.
Kennedy, 32, met Gershman, 34, at Yale University, where she's an assistant professor of psychiatry. She also has a private psychiatric practice in New Haven, Conn.
Kennedy is the director of the New Haven Lead Safe Home Project that works to provide services to children who suffer from lead poisoning. He also is pursuing a degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Earlier Saturday, several members of the Kennedy family, including the senator, greeted guests as they arrived by boat.
"There was a lot of curiosity," said June Crook, an innkeeper at a bed and breakfast. "The poor senator was trying to have lunch and no one would let him. They kept crowding around, they were so excited."
Crook said not all of the island's 750 year-round residents were thrilled by the commotion.
"There are some people who say, 'The Kennedys? The hell with them,"' she said.
Still, Crook said most of the island's residents were enjoying the Kennedys' visit and the hubbub surrounding it.
"The best part is hearing all the rumors," said Crook.
The latest: John Kennedy Jr., and his fiancee, actress Daryl Hannah, are supposed to be flying in Sunday and Arnold Schwarzenegger, husband of Kennedy family member Maria Shriver, is supposed to be docking in New Harbor.
"Of course, none of it may be true," she added.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OCTOBER 10, 1993
She kept Edward Kennedy Jr. waiting at the altar for nearly 20 minutes Sunday, but eventually Katherine Anne Gershman arrived to marry the son of the Massachusetts senator.
When Gershman finally arrived at the church on Rhode Island's Block Island and started down the aisle, an eager Kennedy rushed to meet her halfway and give her a kiss.
The 34-year-old bride, an assistant professor in clinical psychiatry at Yale University, has a reputation for running late, said Melody Miller, a spokeswoman for the Kennedy family.
The groom, the 32-year-old son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, arrived shortly before the scheduled 3 p.m. ceremony with his brother and best man, Patrick.
Hundreds of well-wishers greeted the bridal party and members of the Kennedy family, including the Massachusetts senator and his ex-wife, Joan, Robert Kennedy Jr. and his family, Patricia Kennedy Smith and her son, William.
The groom's cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., and his fiancee, actress Daryl Hannah, were chased across the front lawn and into St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church by dozens of reporters.
Gershman wore an ivory, satin, strapless gown and lace jacket, and a headpiece with an elbow-length veil. Kennedy wore a black tuxedo.
The senator sat with his ex-wife on one side, and his second wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, on the other.
Sailing, the sea and nature were the themes of the closed ceremony, performed by the Rev. Donal Kehew, a philosophy professor at Providence College and pastor at St. Andrew's. There was no Mass.
White bows and cedar garlands decorated the tiny wood-frame church, that was built in Providence in 1900 and shipped to the 11-square-mile island by freighter.
Robert Frost's poem, "A Line Storm Song," which speaks of love remaining strong through the storms of life, was read during the ceremony, along with readings from the Bible.
Asked as they were leaving the church how it felt to be married, Kennedy replied, "Fantastic."
He and his wife, who plans to use the name Katherine Gershman Kennedy, clambered to the rear of a red 1976 Chevrolet Caprice convertible bearing vanity license plates that read LVSLED (love sled).
While the newlyweds were allowed to leave unencumbered, more than a dozen photographers and television cameramen pushed past security officers and police trying to lead Hannah and John F. Kennedy Jr. from the ceremony. Hannah looked panicked as she and Kennedy searched for their car amid the crush of people.
Several among the nearly 500 people who stood up to eight deep around the church shouted, "Leave them alone, leave them alone."
Among those absent were the groom's aunt Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and his first cousin Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, who had other commitments, Miller said. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver also did not attend, citing the recent birth of their third child.
After the 45-minute ceremony, the wedding party and about 300 guests headed to a hotel for a reception featuring roast beef, Thai, Italian, and Cajun-style dishes. The wedding cake was vanilla with white frosting and pink roses.
The four-day wedding celebration that began Friday with a dinner was scheduled to end Monday with a brunch thrown by the groom's mother.
In addition to teaching, Gershman has a private psychiatric practice in New Haven. Kennedy is the director of the New Haven Lead Safe Home Project that works to provide services to children who suffer from lead poisoning. He also is pursuing a degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
The couple, who live in Connecticut, decided to marry on Block Island, which has about 750 year-round residents, after sailing to it many times aboard the groom's yacht, "The Glide."
THE TORONTO STAR, OCTOBER 10, 1993
This weekend the invading hordes will descend on Rhode Island's tranquil Block Island for the media magnet that is a Kennedy wedding. Edward Kennedy Jr., 32, son of the senator from Massachusetts, was to tie the knot today with Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman. Among the 300 invited guests: aunt Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, cousin John F. Kennedy Jr. and his intended, Daryl Hannah, and cousin Maria Shriver and her hubby, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (The littlest Schwarzenegger, by the way, is 2 weeks old and has a name: Patrick Arnold.) The groom, who lost a leg to cancer when he was 12, is in law school at the University of Connecticut. Gershman, 34, teaches psychiatry at Yale and has a private practice in New Haven, Conn. "Just another couple of people getting married," sniffed islander Ralph Derby of New Shoreham. "Don't know what the big deal is."
THE COURIER-JOURNAL (LOUISVILLE, KY), OCTOBER 11, 1993
She kept Edward Kennedy Jr. waiting at the altar for nearly 20 minutes yesterday, but eventually Katherine Anne Gershman arrived to marry the son of the Massachusetts senator.
When Gershman finally started down the aisle, an eager Kennedy met her halfway and gave her a kiss.
The 34-year-old bride, an assistant professor in clinical psychiatry at Yale University, has a reputation for running late, said Melody Miller, a spokeswoman for the Kennedy family.
The 32-year-old bridegroom arrived shortly before the scheduled 3 p.m. ceremony.
White bows and cedar garlands decorated the tiny, wood-frame St. Andrew Catholic Church in New Shoreham, R.I.
The bride plans to use the name Katherine Gershman Kennedy.
While the newlyweds were allowed to leave in peace, more than a dozen photographers and cameramen pushed past security officers trying to lead actress Daryl Hannah and John F. Kennedy Jr. from the ceremony.
Several of the nearly 500 onlookers around the church shouted, "Leave them alone, leave them alone."
SACRAMENTO BEE, OCTOBER 11, 1993
Psychiatrist Katherine Anne Gershman, who has a reputation for being late, stayed true to form at her wedding to Edward Kennedy Jr. Sunday in Rhode Island. The 34-year-old bride, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University, showed up 20 minutes late at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in New Shoreham. But there were apparently no hard feelings. When she finally did head down the aisle, the eager and presumably relieved 32-year-old son of the senator, a law student, rushed to meet her halfway and give her a kiss.
Why was Gershman tardy? Perhaps she wanted to join the crowd of nearly 500 who gathered at the church to catch a glimpse of wedding guests John F. Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah. Events Sunday gave that pair good reason to consider keeping their own upcoming wedding as private as possible. While the bride and groom du jour were allowed to leave the church unencumbered, JFK Jr. and Hannah were jostled by over a dozen photographers and TV cameramen seeking to push their way past the security officers and police trying to usher them from the ceremony. Hannah reportedly looked panicked as she and Kennedy searched for their car amid the crush. The chaos was enough to shatter the innate sympathy people normally feel toward the working press. Several shouted: "Leave them alone, leave them alone."
The atmosphere inside the church was far happier, of course. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, his ex-wife, Joan B. Kennedy, on one side and his second wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, on the other, listened to the 45-minute ceremony built around the themes of the sea and nature. There was no Mass, but the Bible was read.
YOUNG [TED] KENNEDY WEDS PROFESSOR
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, October 11, 1993
Edward Kennedy Jr., son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was married Sunday to Katherine Anne Gershman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University.
The wedding in St. Andrews Catholic church on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, was attended by some 300 guests, including the groom's cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., and actress Darryl Hannah.
Heading the large group of family members who attended the ceremony were Sen. Kennedy; his former wife, Joan Kennedy, the groom's mother; and Sen. Kennedy's current wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy.
Edward Kennedy Jr., 32, a law student at the University of Connecticut, met Gershman four years ago at Yale University. He proposed last October and the couple were engaged in February.
The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception at an area hotel, and the celebrations included a square dance and fireworks display.
In addition to his studies in Connecticut, Kennedy is the director of a program at Yale University's medical school to improve health care for children with lead poisoning.
Kennedy, whose right leg was amputated when he was 12 because of cancer, has also been a disability rights activist and managed his father's Senate re-election campaign in 1988.
The couple will live in New Haven, Conn.
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, OCTOBER 12, 1993
Missing in action at the weekend Block Island, R.I., wedding of Ted Kennedy Jr. and Kiki Gershman were Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo.
They all pleaded those dreaded conflicting obligations.
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah did show - and to such an unruly crowd reaction that they had to breach security lines and sprint to the church.
But the New York Post's gossipteer says all's not well with the duo. Says they're bickering. Says Daryl's in a jealousy and possessiveness mode.
Says JFK's been complaining to friends about her. Says he's looking for a pad of his own.
Meanwhile, Douglas Kennedy, 26, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is now a cub reporter at the New York Post.
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL, OCTOBER 15, 1993
Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., and fiancee Beth Kelly will marry Oct. 23, the third family wedding in four months, it was announced Friday.
The civil ceremony will be held at Kennedy's home in Boston's Brighton neighborhood, with only family members and ''a few close friends'' in attendance, the congressman's office said.
Kennedy, 41, a fourth-term Democrat and chairman of a powerful House banking subcommittee, is the eldest son of Ethel and the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., and a nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass. Kelly, 36, a member of Joseph Kennedy's Washington staff, is the daughter Claire and Leo Kelly of Burlington, N.J.
The two met in 1986 when Kelly worked on Kennedy's first congressional campaign. They announced their engagement July 17.
The marriage will be the second for Kennedy, who filed for divorce from his first wife, Sheila, in 1990. The couple have twin 12-year-old boys, Matthew and Joe.
Kennedy's cousin, Edward Kennedy Jr. was married to Dr. Katherine Gershman, a Yale psychiatrist, last Sunday on Block Island, R.I. In late June, his younger sister, Mary Courtney Kennedy, was wed to Paul Michael Hill, who spent 15 years in prison for Irish Republican Army bombings before being freed by a judge who ruled he and three others were framed by police.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OCTOBER 15, 1993
U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy said Friday he and fiancee Beth Kelly will wed Oct. 23 in a small civil ceremony at his home.
The 41-year-old Boston Democrat is the oldest son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. Kelly is an aide in his Washington office.
The marriage will be the first for Kelly and the second for Kennedy, who is divorced from Sheila Rauch.
Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, is seeking a church annulment of his first marriage, but his ex-wife is opposing the request.
The Catholic Church prohibits remarriage after divorce unless one obtains an annulment declaring a previous marriage was not valid in the eyes of the church.
Cardinal Bernard Law, the archbishop of Boston, said Kennedy's request would be handled like any other filed with the archdiocesan marriage tribunal.
"It's a private matter that's between Joe and his church. It's not an issue that should be discussed publicly," Brian O'Connor, Kennedy's chief aide in Boston, said Friday.
Kennedy has two children by his first wife, 13 year-old twin boys, Matthew and Joseph Kennedy III.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 16, 1993
It seems that every Joseph, Edward and Ted in the KENNEDY clan is getting married, but still no John.
Next Saturday Representative JOSEPH P. KENNEDY 2D, Democrat of Massachusetts, is to wed ANNE ELIZABETH KELLY, the daughter of Leo and Claire Kelly of Burlington, N.J., in a civil ceremony at his home in Brighton, Mass. The two announced their engagement last July after dating for three years.
Ms. Kelly, 36, who grew up in Burlington and moved to Boston in 1975, is a member of Mr. Kennedy's Washington staff. She was the former director of special projects at the Citizens Energy Corporation, a nonprofit company in Boston that Mr. Kennedy established to provide low-cost heating fuel for the poor.
Mr. Kennedy, 41, is the eldest son of Ethel Kennedy and the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He is divorced from his first wife, Sheila Rauch, and has twin sons, Matthew and Joe, 13. Last month, Ms. Rauch said she would contest Mr. Kennedy's petition for an annulment to their marriage in the Roman Catholic Church.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, OCTOBER 16, 1993
US Rep. Joseph Kennedy 2d will marry Elizabeth Kelly, his scheduler and personal secretary, in a civil ceremony on Oct. 23 at his home in Brighton, Kennedy's office said yesterday.
In a terse announcement, Kennedy said members of his family and "a few close friends" will attend. It was learned that the couple decided against waiting to hear the fate of Kennedy's request to the Roman Catholic Church for an annulment of his first marriage.
Kennedy's spokesman, Michael Andrews, said a local justice of the peace would marry Kennedy and Kelly. Asked about the status of the annulment, Andrews said, "That is a private matter between him and the church."
Kennedy was divorced in 1991 from his first wife, Sheila Rauch, after a marriage of 12 years - although the church still recognizes that union. The couple have twin sons, who turned 13 this month.
Last month, the congressman's former wife spoke out publicly against his annulment request, saying that she felt it suggested that they had rushed into their marriage, when they had known each other for nine years before marrying.
And, said Sheila Rauch Kennedy, "I am not to going to lie before God about the birth and conception of his kids, just so he can have a big church wedding."
In a letter to Time magazine, she wrote that she feared that if the annulment were granted, her children, "like others of annulled marriages, would have been neither conceived in nor born to a sanctified union."
"I find this contention untrue, abhorrent and contrary to the church's teachings that such a union is a desirable prerequisite for bearing children."
Kennedy, 41, is the eldest son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Kelley, 36, is the daughter of Leo and Claire Kelly of Burlington, N.J. Church officials could not be reached to comment on the congressman's wedding plans.
ANOTHER KENNEDY TO WED - JOE II'S SECOND GO-AROUND
NEWSDAY, October 17, 1993
Another Kennedy to Wed; Joe II's second go-around
Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) plans to marry Anne Elizabeth "Beth" Kelly, an aide in his Washington office, during a civil ceremony next week.
Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, is divorced from his first wife, Sheila Rauch. He is seeking a church annulment of his 12-year marriage, but Rauch, 43, is opposing it. The couple divorced in 1991.
"It's a private matter that's between Joe and his church. It's not an issue that should be discussed publicly," said Brian O'Connor, Kennedy's chief aide in Boston.
Kennedy, 41, is the oldest son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. It is the first marriage for Kelly, 36. They announced the Oct. 23 wedding on Friday.
The Catholic Church prohibits remarriage after divorce unless an annulment is granted. Cardinal Bernard Law, the archbishop of Boston, said Kennedy's annulment request will be handled like any other filed with the archdiocesan marriage tribunal.
Kennedy has two children by his first wife, 12-year-old twin boys, Matthew and Joseph Kennedy III.
THE BOSTON GLOBE, OCTOBER 23, 1993
Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is expected to be in Boston today for the 2 p.m. wedding of his longtime supporter, US Rep. Joseph Kennedy.
Jean Geneus, Haitian Counsul General of Boston, said early this morning that Aristide will fly from Washington to attend the civil ceremony, to be held at Kennedy's Brighton home.
Aristide, who won 67 percent of the vote in Haiti's first democratic election in its nearly 200-year history, was ousted in a military coup seven months after taking office in 1991.
He is scheduled to be reinstated as president next Saturday under a UN-brokered peace accord signed this summer, but close observers say his return is in question, given the recent chaos in the island republic. Aristide's justice minister was assasinated last week and another close adviser was kidnapped this week.
Geneus said Aristide was scheduled to speak at a new conference in Boston at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, OCTOBER 23, 1993
As wedding guests offered a rousing chorus of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II walked down the aisle Saturday with his bride, Beth Kelly.
Among the family, friends and politicians who turned out for the civil ceremony at Kennedy's Boston home was exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Kennedy, who supports returning Aristide to power, greeted him with a hug, shook his hand and posed with him for photographers.
Kennedy's uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., spoke briefly after the 21-minute ceremony.
"Our joys are your joys, our love is your love. Congratulations, Beth and Joe," he said, choking up.
"Let's have a round of 'God Bless America,"' suggested the groom. He then turned to Aristide and toasted, "Aristide back in Haiti."
Aristide extended his hand, saying, "We hope to welcome you one day, Joe and Beth, to Haiti."
(Under a U.N.-brokered agreement, Aristide was to have returned on Oct. 30 as the culmination of Haiti's return to democracy. But resistance by the country's military leaders has caused the plan to disintegrate.)
Flanked by her five sisters as bridesmaids and her mother, Claire, as maid of honor, the 36-year-old Kelly - a member of the Democratic congressman's Washington staff since 1987 - walked down the stairs to a harp and flute rendition of Wagner's wedding march.
Her white, straight, full-length gown had a long side slit and a sequined bodice. She wore pearls and carried a bouquet of white and pale pink roses as she met the groom in front of the fireplace in the front hall.
After giving the opening prayer, the Rev. Michael Kennedy, a distant cousin of Kennedy's from Ireland, turned to Kelly and said, "If Joe hadn't proposed to you, I would have."
Kennedy, 40, is the eldest son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. The groom's mother read the psalm beginning, "The Lord fills the world with his love ..."
Aristide gave the second psalm reading.
The service was performed by Robert Thornton, a justice of the peace. The couple had wanted a Roman Catholic service, but Kennedy's first wife, Sheila Rauch, has objected to an annulment of their marriage, which Kennedy has sought.
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