January 14, 2011

Couple marry for art degree


by Jan Harris

Life is often said to imitate art, but a young couple studying for a Fine Art degree at the University of Worcester have turned this saying on its head.

Gay student Paul Cartwright has married his straight friend Nora Battenberg-Cartwright as part of their second year coursework, a decision that has been criticised by Christians for making a mockery of the marriage ceremony.

The couple do not plan to consummate their marriage and expect to continue seeing other people.

They say that their commitment is about an artistic union which goes further than just creating art, as it actually makes them the art.

The bride is German and the couple chose to marry at a registry office in Linsengericht, Germany on December 29.

Stephen Green, the national director of Christian Voice, an organisation that represents Christians, said the union ‘denigrated’ the institution of marriage and brought the University of Worcester into disrepute.

The couple’s parents support their decision, although they were initially shocked.

The pair live together in Worcester and make their own clothes, which they co-ordinate every day to match each other.

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