In crusade to reverse same-sex marriage, Tennessee man is trying to marry his laptop

In a dumb attempt to challenge same-sex marriage laws, a Texas man is suing after he was denied the ability to marry his laptop computer.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Chris Sevier filed a lawsuit against the Harris County district clerk, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Gov. Greg Abbott, claiming his civil rights were violated when officials denied his application to marry a Mac computer.

Sevier, who is a Vanderbilt Law School graduate, has filed similar lawsuits in two other states and plans to include 12 more in hopes of getting the federal courts involved.

“[This lawsuit] is not a matter of who’s on the right side of history,” Sevier said. “This is about who is on the right side of reality. Are we just delusional?”

Texas state attorney general asked a federal judge to dismiss the case, stating the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage does not extend to non-humans.

From the Houston Press:

In short, Sevier isn’t trying to marry his laptop. He is trying to destroy marriages and families across the country. We asked him if he was okay with that, and he said yes.

“The question is, should we have policies that encourage that kind of lifestyle?” Sevier said. “The state is not doing anyone any favors by encouraging people to live that lifestyle. We have to define marriage.”

“The right to marry one’s computer is not an interest, objectively, deeply rooted in the nation’s history and tradition such that it qualifies as a protected interest,” argued Paxton, who is actually a strong opponent of same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett has ordered Sevier to limit his court filings to 20 pages. A motion by Sevier was also denied last week where he asked for coverage of $400 in court costs.

MRT reports that Sevier describes himself as a Christian who makes his living by producing electronic music and he continues to insist that he is not being silly or satirical.

[Update, 4/19/16]:

The Daily Dot reports that Sevier’s law license, which he obtained in Tennessee in 2007, was “reportedly suspended due to a mental disability.”

Records from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of attorneys’ professional misconduct, show his license was suspended in 2011 due to a disability that left him unfit to practice law.


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