Brian Brown: Will marriage equality lead to self-marriages? Twitter erupts in laughter

Tue. October 14, 2014 11:47 AM by

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.'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."

(Towleroad has compiled more hilarious responses.)

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