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Watch: Orlando Performance Artist Brian Feldman to Marry Random Stranger in Marriage Equality Protest

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Orlando Performance artist Brian Feldman plans to marry Hannah Feldman (below), a stranger he chose from three women who showed up to his call for wives on February 8, as a demonstration of the inequalities faced by gays and lesbians who want to marry.

Meet Brian and his three prospective brides, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Feldman: "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."

They plan to marry this Friday at 3 pm at the Orange County Courthouse.

Meet Brian and his three prospective brides, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Brilliant! You know what, I like this! It is yet another way to show the injustices of the current thinking of closed-minded people!

    Posted by: alex | Feb 11, 2010 10:17:18 AM


  2. So awesome. People fighting for other people is beautiful.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Feb 11, 2010 10:30:24 AM


  3. Wow, this is really powerful. First effective performance art I've seen in a while!

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 11, 2010 10:52:56 AM


  4. I LOVE ARTISTS for helping re-frame everything we see in the world!

    Good on ya, Brian.

    Posted by: stephen | Feb 11, 2010 10:55:59 AM


  5. Loving this!

    Posted by: DeeVee | Feb 11, 2010 11:19:03 AM


  6. I very much want to love this, but in fact, I don't. I understand the nature of the message, but Mr. Feldman is really doing no more than committing the act of marriage in the manner in which it was conceived, just without all the messy family property exchange. How many thousands of marriages were performed to bond people, no more than strangers, when the ceremony commenced?

    A+ for effort. Otherwise, the silly notion and counter argument presented, that marriage is only about love, completely negates the messages being spewed by the hate machine. In the eyes of NOM, et. al., marriage is between a man and a woman - because they said so.

    For those of us that really know and understand the history, writing, and compilation of the bible, it makes more sense to debunk all discriminatory laws based on supposed biblical pretense and expose people to the truth, which is, that christianist lawmakers are oxymorons and should be removed from office. To argue principles based on myth and semi-historical information clearly negates ones ability to reason. Let the adults make the laws, not grown children with ideals muddled in fear and stupidity.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Feb 11, 2010 12:07:51 PM


  7. I agree with Fizz, the fact that the Bible goes uncontested, and that it forms the basis of so many discriminatory decisions is ludicrous.
    I would love to hear just one Jewish leader state publicly that their ancestors made the whole thing up !!!

    Posted by: ty | Feb 11, 2010 12:54:11 PM


  8. I don't really get how this is showing the injustice of our unequal marriage rights? I mean, I agree with the argument that marriage isn't always taken seriously, but I would much rather use past failed marriages that were a joke as an example than have someone get married as a farce and say "Oh, look how ridiculous this situation is."
    Really, I don't see this as much better than when bachelorette parties come to gay clubs, which is kind of a slap in the face. I think this "public statement" is really more of an insult (even unintentionally) than a complement.

    Posted by: Philip | Feb 11, 2010 1:08:09 PM


  9. Ugh, let's all sit on here and bitch about this article. All day!

    Do people actually come onto this site and concoct ways to dislike everything? Is it like some sort of contest?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 11, 2010 1:19:37 PM


  10. Gregoire, yes, there is a contest for people thinking up ways to dislike everything, and with your meta-bitch, you're now in first place.

    Posted by: DaveB | Feb 11, 2010 1:35:47 PM


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