With all the trouble we have endured with our struggle towards equality (most recently in the state of NJ with the parting governor's same sex marriage ambiguity) its unrefreshing when something like this come along. A man in Japan actually married his in game girlfriend from Love Plus, a Japanese relationship simulator. Here you can court girls from a Japanese high school and play mini games in which you attempt to "touch" the appropriate body parts and get favored reactions from the girls. At the ceremony, a real priest married the young man Sal9000 to his pixelated bride and after which a full reception took place. Lisa Katayama of Boing Boing said:
"The footage seen here of Sal and Nene tying the knot between real and virtual is a highly imaginative, multimedia project orchestrated by a guy determined officiate his devotion to his video game and to pay homage to the otaku subculture that nurtures this type of creativity."
While this is clearly performance art and not legally binding, this type of behavior is suggests that anything marriage related between a male and a female is beyond reproach. Sure Sal9000 is called a dork for this union but this hardly compares to the verbal slights of our struggle for wanting the real thing. In an early draft of a 2004 speech to The Heritage Foundation, Texas Senator John Cornyn included the following statement (although it was removed before he delivered it):
"It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle, but that does not mean it is right...Now you must raise you children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife."
Showing devotion to a treasured pastime is a good thing. It encourages the growth of an art form and fuels the economy. But this gentleman obviously does plenty more to erode the sanctity of marriage then the tasteful reception of the couples gathered for the first anniversary of gay marriage in Connecticut in Hartford this month. That event was not performance art and yet received more criticism then Sal's circus. The glossing over of this joke marriage suggests the disapproval of gay marriage over moral issues rather than biological ones. Clearly this couple will not be yielding any offspring. But with the state of global politics on gay marriage I wouldn't be surprised if they were working on making even that possible prior to granting us equal sanction.