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Woman ‘Marries’ a Building in Seattle

Marry a warehouse? There may be some women who can’t much tell the difference between the football-watching lump in the living room and a storage shed, but an Occupy Seattle protester decided to take the metaphor a step further over the weekend when she married the abandoned building at 10th and Union.

The old warehouse, occupied not long ago by anti-corporate protesters in an attempt to reclaim it as a community center, is slated for demolition to make way for a new apartment complex.

“If corporations can have the [same] rights as people, so can buildings,” Baylonia Aivaz told Seattle’s KOMO-TV in a reference to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the door to nearly unlimited corporate contributions to political campaigns.

“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,” said Aivaz, clad in a long white wedding dress and standing near a bulldozer as a ukulele player strummed “Lean on Me.”. . .

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