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Gay Man and Straight Woman Marry For Art Project in Worcester, England

Gay Man and Straight Woman Marry For Something Other Than Love

You might think UK university students Nora Battenberg-Cartwright (who's straight) and Paul Cartwright (who's gay) married to make a statement about gay marriage. But in fact the pair's nonsexual marriage is an exploration in "art unity."

We could add "art project" to our list of sham marriages, but Nora and Paul have real intentions to stay together. Nora explains that they will not consummate the marriage and have plans to see other people, but they also expect to be old and married together. She says, "By marrying ourselves we were in effect marrying art. If we ever decided that we got to the point where we wanted to marry another person, that would be the end of the art career, really." They say they love each other, in a different way, and plan to use the partnership as the foundation for their art.

Unsurprisingly, the notion that two people would marry for something other than heterosexual attraction has caused some to accuse Nora and Paul of mocking the sanctity of marriage. A national Christian leader says: "Marriage is not an art project, it is the life-long union of man and woman and part of that is the sexual act which is there for companionship and the raising of children." Someone should tell him that lots of married straight couples don't have much sex anyway!

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
"Someone should tell him that lots of married straight couples don't have much sex anyway!" Do the writers of this blog hate marriage or something? Do they know for a fact, from married couples telling them, experiencing it firsthand, or seeing it that married couples don't have sex often? See, I think that the writers, as well as way too many people out there, have bought into the stupid and dangerous lie by the media that marriage is the awful thing where no one is happy. I know tons of married couples and, while of course there are some who go through trials and even experience great unhappiness, the majority of them are madly in love, happy, and affectionate (no matter how long they've been together). No, I don't know what goes on behind closed doors (nor is it any of my business), but neither do any of you! Stop assuming and spreading such false and poisonous propaganda...
lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
"Someone should tell him that lots of married straight couples don't have much sex anyway!" Do the writers of this blog hate marriage or something? Do they know for a fact, from married couples telling them, experiencing it firsthand, or seeing it that married couples don't have sex often? See, I think that the writers, as well as way too many people out there, have bought into the stupid and dangerous lie by the media that marriage is the awful thing where no one is happy. I know tons of married couples and, while of course there are some who go through trials and even experience great unhappiness, the majority of them are madly in love, happy, and affectionate (no matter how long they've been together). No, I don't know what goes on behind closed doors (nor is it any of my business), but neither do any of you! Stop assuming and spreading such false and poisonous propaganda...
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
This is a great arrangement for whoever falls in romantic love first. For the other person... well...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
And vice versa.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
And vice versa.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
<em>"Marriage is not an art project, it is the life-long union of man and woman and part of that is the sexual act which is there for companionship and the raising of children."</em>Plenty of married straight couples choose not to have children. Just sayin.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
"Marriage is not an art project, it is the life-long union of man and woman and part of that is the sexual act which is there for companionship and the raising of children." Plenty of married straight couples choose not to have children. Just sayin.
TNEllis TNEllis 5 years
Hmmm... sooner or later they will have sex with either one another, or someone else. Those are my thoughts.
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