When Brian Brown, president of the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Monday asked whether
marriage equality will lead to people marrying themselves, Twitter
erupted in laughter.
“When #marriage is redefined, what
prevents a person from 'marrying' his/herself?” Brown tweeted.
Brown's tweet promoted a NOM blog post
commenting on a Guardian story about a woman who decided to
marry herself. And although the marriage was not legal and the woman
said she was open to “sharing” a wedding with another person, NOM
saw it as a result of marriage equality.
“When marriage is devalued and its
nature loosely defined, what prevents marriage norms – such as
sexual complementarity, monogamy, exclusivity, permanence, or even
the idea that marriage requires two people – from being broken down
as well?” NOM rhetorically asked.
Using the hashtag #WhenIMarryMyself,
Twitter users responded with whimsical humor.
“WhenIMarryMyself I'm going to ask
@briansbrown to walk me down the aisle and I'm going to legally
compel @PeterLaBarbera to be flower girl,” gay rights activist Dan
Savage messaged, referring to anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera.
“My mother warned me about guys like
me!” Robert Heuer tweeted.
“Oops I forgot to save myself for my
wedding night,” Towleroad's Andy Towle messaged.
GoodAsYou.org's Jeremy Hooper added:
“#WhenIMarryMyself I will finally fulfill the wishes of all of
those anti-gay activists who wished I'd go f*** myself.”
has compiled more hilarious responses.)