Marriage-Ins Are My New Favorite Form Of Protest

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If Creating Change reminded us of anything, it’s that there are so many more important concerns for the queer community than just marriage equality. Still, marriage inequality can be incredibly symbolic of the stark way that gays and lesbians are discriminated against in society.

A new form of protest that brings this to light is the marriage-in, and we happened to get two clips of this happening just today. The idea is to demonstrate the disparity between the life-long commitments of same-sex couples and two opposite-sex strangers.

The first comes from Orlando-based performance artist Brian Feldman. Feldman offered that he would marry any woman that met him at the Orange County Courthouse. Today we got to meet the three candidates and see the thoughtful way Feldman determined which candidate would become his bride:

He and his brand new fiancé, Hannah Miller (who has a very understanding boyfriend), will get married in a ceremony on Friday at 3 PM.

Jump to Buffalo, New York, where local activist Kitty Lambert and her partner applied for a marriage license. After being denied, Kitty pulled a stranger named Ed from the crowd with whom she promptly applied for a marriage license.

Buffalo’s YNN reports that Kitty and Ed are not actually going to get married, but I think we still get the message.

You have to love that traditional marriage. I’m actually pretty jealous of Kitty. Ed’s a good-looking guy.

My next new favorite form of protest will be rock-ins, but I’ll write more about that next week.

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