Wednesday, March 08, 2006

First a Goat, Now a Dolphin

A couple of weeks ago I talked about a story from Sudan in which a man was forced to "marry" (pay a dowry, actually) a neighbor's goat with which he was caught having sex. That was a sort of shotgun wedding betwixt species, but apparently force isn't involved every time.

Consider this story from the Bangkok Post about a British woman who is now officially wed to a dolphin - and not a pro football player from Miami, either. Seems that Sharon Tendler (she's keeping her maiden name, obviously) vacationed at an Israeli resort for 15 years, during which she developed a strong attraction for a dolphin at the resort. The 41-year old woman married the 35-year old porpoise in front of a throng of curiosity seekers/well wishers:

Last week Tendler finally plucked up the courage to ask the dolphin's trainer
for the mammal's fin in marriage.

The wedding took place Wednesday, with the bride, wearing a white dress and watched by amazed spectators, walking down the dock to where the groom was waiting in the water.

She kissed him, to the cheers of the spectators and then, after the ceremony was sealed with some mackerels, was tossed into the water so she could swim away with her new husband.

I didn't realize bride tossing had survived into the 21st century. Lest any of you think untoward thoughts about this new couple:
'I'm the happiest girl on earth,' the bride was quoted as saying. 'I made a
dream come true. And I am not a pervert.'
Whatever you say, Mrs. Flipper. So, how long before the wingnut fundies, fresh off their anti-choice victory in South Dakota, propose a revised Defense of Marriage Amendment to cover human/dolphin unions?

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