MIAMI. They came from all walks of life, from all areas of the country; men, many balding and with drooping paunches, just hoping, they said, to gain the same rights as other Americans.
“I’ve always wanted to settle down with a gal whose name really meant something, like ‘Misty Fogg’ or ‘Crystal Chandelier’,” says Charlie Gibbons, a 38-year-old police dispatcher from Macon, Georgia. “What happened here the other day is a threat to everybody’s right to marry.”
Gibbons is referring to the firing of Fort Myers Beach town manager Scott Janke after it was learned that he was married to Anabela Mota Janke, a pornographic film actress who goes by the name “Jazella Moore.”
“If the State of Florida can deprive you of your livelihood simply because you love a woman with a fake name and a humongous set of hooters, we might as well live in the Soviet Union,” march organizer Lowell Nilsom told a cheering throng estimated at 23,000 by police called in to maintain order. When informed by Gregory Nimutz, a high school current events teacher, that the Soviet Union was disbanded in 1991, Nilsom replied “That’s just what they want you to believe!”
Moore, who is Portugese, maintains a website which she says “is about her journey, and the things she has learned along the way.” “I have learned, for example, to wash my hands and other exposed body parts after each ‘take’, as we say in the adult entertainment industry,” the site notes. “Handi-Wipes are good.”
The Freedom-to-Marry-a-Pornstar movement has been derided as frivolous when compared to other civil rights groups, but its leaders took issue with that assessment. “Where do you draw the line?” asked Nilsom. “Today, it’s just porn stars, but tomorrow, who knows? Aerobics instructors? Auto parts supply store calendar models?”