Woman Wants to Marry a Corporation

<p>The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the widely condemned <a title=”Citizens United case” href=”https://www.utne.com/politics/corporate-greed-citizens-united-campaign-contributions.aspx” target=”_self”>
<i>Citizens United</i> case</a> that corporations enjoy the legal status of people–so a Florida woman is seeking the hand of a corporation in legal marriage. </p>
<p>Sarah “Echo” Steiner of Lake Worth, Florida, will hold a press conference on Saturday, January 22, to announce <a href=”http://prorevnews.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>her search for a suitable corporate spouse</a>, reports the <b>Undernews</b> blog of Sam Smith’s <b>
<a href=”http://prorev.com/” target=”_blank”>Progressive Review</a>
</b>, citing a <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183809591642925″ target=”_blank”>Facebook press release</a> put out by Steiner.</p>
<i>Citizens United</i> specifically recognized corporate personhood when it comes to political donations, but a host of observers worry that corporate rights are going to continue to creep into realms previously reserved for humans. </p>
<p>Steiner tells the <b>
<a href=”http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2011/01/sarah_echo_steiner_to_marry_a_corporation.php” target=”_blank”>Broward-Palm Beach New Times</a>
</b>, which savvily points out that “the effort is something of a political stunt,” that she wants to draw attention to the one-year anniversary of <i>Citizens United</i>. She is a Green Party member who’s active in party politics<span>–and of course, she’s single</span>.</p>
<p>”I haven’t found the right man,” she tells the <i>New Times</i>, “but there are plenty of corporations out there.”</p>
<p>Steiner is going to look far and wide for Mr. Perfect Incorporated, telling the <i>New Times</i> that she has already rejected a single-proprietor video company from Ithaca, New York, as too small for her needs. If she finds the right match, of course, she’d have to convince local officials to fork over a marriage certificate–and they already told the <i>New Times</i> they wouldn’t do it. Oh, well. Gays have dealt with this sort of discrimination for years, and corporate America will simply have to build a movement to overcome the prejudice and ignorance. I imagine it can afford some pretty high-powered lawyers. </p>
<p>Steiner isn’t the first to send up <i>Citizens United</i> with a mock campaign. A corporation, <a href=”http://murrayhillweb.com/pr-012510.html” target=”_blank”>Murray Hill Incorporated</a>, is attempting to run for Congress. See the video here:</p>
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<strong>Sources: </strong>
<a href=”http://prorev.com/” target=”_blank”>
<strong>The Progressive Review</strong>
<strong>, </strong>
<a href=”http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2011/01/sarah_echo_steiner_to_marry_a_corporation.php” target=”_blank”>
<strong>Broward-Palm Beach New Times</strong>

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