Gay man, straight woman marry for university art project

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A gay man and straight woman have tied the knot as part of an art project at the University of Worcester in England, where they both study Fine Art. Nora Battenberg-Cartwright, twenty-one, and Paul Cartwright, twenty, claim that, unlike a traditional marriage, their union is "more honest" because they can freely tell each other when they're dating other people. They have no plans to consummate the relationship, although accidental "sleep sex" is always a looming possibility. (If they're even sleeping together.) Mrs. Battenberg-Cartwright, who is a German native, said: "It's about an artistic unity rather than a love union, to join each other in art and make us the art. It's a really truthful marriage and we will still see other people."

The students' wedding was of course condemned by a Christian organization. This time it was Stephen Green, national director of Christian Voice. Mr. Green said: "They are denigrating the institution of marriage itself. 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."

The ceremony was held before twenty-five guests in Linsengerich, Germany on December 29, and took place as part of their second year course work. I would give them an A+ for balls alone. The newlyweds said their parents were shocked at first, but are supportive and slowly coming around. The Cartwrights live together in Worcester, and say they are committed to each other but if they ever divorce, that would spell the end of their creative partnership. I wish them all the best (grades).