Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pushing Boundaries: Divorce and Marriage

In order to show or demonstrate to people the insanity in which we live part of our lives, there have been truly awkward public promotions that jostle us, as a society, out of our slumber. For example, after Prop. 8 won victory in CA, there was a move to amend the CA Constitution to prohibit divorce among heterosexuals. Why? Because the argument that many supporters of Prop 8 used was the sanctity=pro-creation of marriage=better lives for the kids having two parents. Of course, those who were for Prop 8 also want the right to divorce.

Now, Brian Feldman, a performing artist in FL, is putting on a one-person play--well, maybe more than that--which involves him going to Orlando, FL city hall and getting a wedding license and getting married to whichever woman over the age of 18 shows up.

From his Facebook website:
As a pre-Valentine’s Day commentary, acclaimed conceptual artist Brian Feldman (and one of the 20 Coolest People in Orlando according to aXis Magazine) will marry any woman (must be a U.S. citizen with no legal liabilities) who shows up to the Orange County Courthouse Marriage License Office in Downtown Orlando on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 3pm. This may result in the marrying of a woman he doesn’t know, has never met and for all intents and purposes does not love.

YES - you read that correctly - Brian Feldman will join in matrimony with a total stranger, and that stranger could be YOU!

Is this entire project a mockery of marriage? Not at all! It’s completely within the legal rights of Brian and any other heterosexual couple with $123.50 (plus $6 for a standard marriage certificate). Sound absurd? Not nearly absurd as denying the equal right to marry for same-sex couples who truly care about each other; who’ve been in committed, productive and, most importantly, loving relationships for upwards of 20+ years. That, to Brian, and millions of Americans who believe in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, is truly absurd - to say nothing of a civil injustice.

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