Heterosexual Menace: Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt

Jim Burroway

March 18th, 2009

How’s this for a threat to marriage?

A Florida man wearing an “I ♥ My Marriage” t-shirt was arrested last night for allegedly choking his wife during an argument in their Tampa-area home. Bradley Gellert, a 32-year-old financial consultant, was busted by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies and booked into jail on a felony domestic battery by strangulation charge. According to a police report, Gellert, pictured in the mug shot, got into an argument with his wife and “screamed at the victim and threw numerous items.” He then allegedly “grabbed the victim’s neck and strangled her,” which “prevented the victim from breathing normally.”

The T-shirt was a merchandising item promoting a 2008 movie “Fireproof,” staring Kirk Cameron. The Christian-themed movie didn’t do much at the box office, but it apparently was a hit among evangelicals. It’s about a fireman who became born again and set out to save his failing marriage. Somehow I don’t think that message stuck with Gellert.

sistercoyote

March 18th, 2009

Oh, he loves his marriage just fine. It’s his wife he has issues with.

Attmay

March 18th, 2009

Heterosexual “marriage” is nothing more than a tool to oppress women.

Homosexual marriage is an equal partnership.

Swampfox

March 18th, 2009

He is a financial consultant, who I am sure is under a lot of strain. No, I am not justifying what he did to his wife. Also, Fireproof was not a great hit at the box office but made a good deal of money. It did not cost much to make.

staci

March 19th, 2009

Oh the irony! I love it!!! LOL

L. Junius Brutus

March 19th, 2009

I think the message stuck. In “defending marriage”, fundamentalists never say that you shouldn’t choke your wife. They only say that you should hate gay people.

Capt Jack

March 20th, 2009

This guy — although one hot dood — broke two rules:

1) The bible have dozens of reasons to stone your wife, it never promoted choking!

2)The trite wedding vow of “… love and to hold, until death do us part.” She didn’t die! He was technically loving and holding her throat, now they can’t be together.

Sad for hottie.

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