Seattle Woman 'Marries' Abandoned Building

Occupier Baylonia Aivaz protesting gentrification

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 31, 2012 11:57 AM CST

(Newser) – An Occupy Seattle protester "married" an abandoned warehouse on Sunday, not because of a weird fetish, but in order to protest gentrification, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I'm doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space, and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification," Baylonia Aivaz tells KOMO-TV. The building, which protesters had occupied recently, is scheduled to be torn down and the space turned into apartments.

"If corporations can have the [same] rights as people, so can buildings," continues Aivaz, who did wear a wedding dress for the festivities and described the event as a "gay marriage" ("presumably because the building had the female vibe," quips the Times). She and other Occupy Seattle protesters wanted the 107-year-old warehouse to be turned into a community space to showcase artwork or provide services, but the planned demolition will move forward. (Click for five more people who married inanimate objects.)

This is an abandoned building, but not Baylonia Aivaz's mate.
This is an abandoned building, but not Baylonia Aivaz's "mate."   (Shutterstock)
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