Marriage is one of the most important and oldest traditions that humans have. It’s a time of celebration when two people commit to spending the rest of their lives together, or at least that is what is supposed to be. In recent times, the act of marriage has come under criticism and sparked controversy thanks to equality legislation. No matter what your beliefs though, marriage is still a way for two people to express their love for one another in front of their family and friends.
Sometimes though, weddings don’t involve two people at all. Throughout the last few decades, people from around the world have chosen to marry everything from inanimate objects to animals for bizarre and often confusing reasons rather than a human partner. The examples in this article have all married, or at least attempted to marry, a variety of strange objects and things.
Kevin Nadal chose to marry himself as a way to raise awareness for single people who are stigmatized for not being in a relationship. He explained how many single people, especially women, are discriminated against by family and friends for not settling down and getting married early. “Single people are marginalised in our culture,” said Kevin. “People think you don’t have the commitment to be in a relationship or you’re too picky.”
Dogs are often considered man’s best friends and they are arguably the most popular choice of pet in the world. They offer companionship and loyalty, something that Australian man Joseph Guiso thought were the perfect ingredients for a wife. He married his Labrador Honey in front of 30 of his closest friends and family. Joseph was insistent that he and Honey had never engaged in any sexual activity, instead they were simply committed friends.
As far as inanimate objects go, a pillow is probably one of the best to marry. They are designed to be soft and cuddly by nature and so could provide comfort to a person. Lee Jin-gyu, a South Korean man, clearly felt that way as he decided to wed a rather large pillow in a ceremony in 2010. The pillow itself had the face of an anime character who Lee particularly liked.
Bill Rifka is a psychology student who revealed that he was in a relationship with an iBook when he was 35 years old. He admitted that he felt sexual desire and a longing attraction for computers and laptops in particular, explaining how he would spend time ogling the equipment on sites such as eBay. However, he has remained committed to his iBook throughout all that time, an Apple computer that Bill has given a male personality to.