It’s been nearly a year since Brian Feldman and Hannah Miller, two near-strangers, married each other at the Orange County Courthouse to protest the fact that devoted couples of the same sex could not do the same thing.
Now Brian and Hannah continue the protest but try to move on with their own lives by going for an annulment. The final hearing is Wednesday Jan. 19, and those who saw the wedding, as I did, may want to witness the continuation of this odd piece of political theater.
Those who feel strongly about the issue — and there were a lot of those people at the wedding — may want to make a contribution to Equality Florida.
Here’s Brian’s announcement (from Facebook) of what’s going on:
Time: Wednesday, January 19 · 9:00am – 9:30am
Location Orange County Courthouse, 425 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL
Created By Brian Feldman Projects, Hannah Miller, Brian Feldman
11 months and one week after Brian Feldman married Hannah Miller, a stranger he did not love (and has seen less than ten times since their wedding ceremony), the Honorable Judge Maura T. Smith presides over a final hearing for Brian’s annulment petition.
First date. Court date.
…While Brian and Hannah have fought valiantly for this cause, sacrificing their own personal relationships to do so; the end of this marriage project does not end their support of the cause, nor does it decrease their desire for equal rights for all.
In fact, the project itself and the inspiration of the people whose lives have been touched by it have only deepened their commitment to this worthwhile cause. It is the people who are waiting their turn for the right to marry, who are the true heroes and that Brian and Hannah commemorate with this project.
Any interested parties are welcome to observe the proceedings. In lieu of annulment gifts, Brian and Hannah ask that you please make a donation to Equality Florida, a statewide education and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and class.
About Brian Feldman Projects
Brian Feldman Projects is Florida’s premiere presenter of experimental time-based art since August 2003. Dinners on stage with real life families, leaping off ladders for 24 hours, bringing attention to the importance of reading in everyday lives, marriage as commentary – this is what we do. Artistic Director Brian Feldman is recipient of the State of Florida’s 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship.
WHO: Brian Feldman Projects (The Feldman Dynamic, Leap Year Day, 67 Books, The Minimum Effort)
WHAT: Brian Feldman Marries Anybody*: Part III
Part III: Final Hearing: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM
Orange County Courthouse
425 N Orange Ave Orlando FL 32802
After walking through security, use the elevators behind the Information Desk and go to Floor 16. Courtroom 16H is in the southwest corner. (Notice: Courtroom 16H is extremely small and only accommodates 12-15 spectators.)
Please note, the following items will be prohibited from coming into the courthouse: Firearms, Knives of any type, Handcuffs/handcuff keys, Scissors, Razors, Box cutters, Pepper spray, Aerosol cans, Tools, Tape measures, Clay and/or putty material, Glass perfume bottles over 4 oz., Chains, Oversized belt buckles. Also: No unwrapped foods or drinks are allowed.