The first person to marry herself to herself was Linda Baker in December 1993, George reports. Another is Sara Sharpe, “who wrote about her self-marriage in A Dress, A Ring, Promises to Self.”
Last January, the Houston Chronicle reported that Yasmin Eleby “married herself at the Houston Museum of African American Culture…in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and other guests on hand to celebrate the event.” Her ceremony was illegal, not recognized by the state or federal government as marriage. Her sister performed the “ceremony,” and Yasmin went on a honeymoon with herself to “Cambodia, Laos, and a jazz festival in Dubai.”
And CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed a North Dakota woman, Nadine Schweigert, who married herself in front of her roughly forty close friends. More.
Reality check: In a society where the government is expected to look after everyone, individual relationships and boundaries dissolve, and everyone is actually married to the government. Same-self marriage is a face-saving way of making that statement.
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Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose