Florida Man opposing same-sex marriage sues Texas for right to marry his laptop

A Florida man is trying once again to challenge state lawmakers who refuse to officiate a marriage between himself and an Apple laptop computer.

Mark “Chris” Sevier, who is trying to make an argument against same-sex marriage by marrying an inanimate object, recently filed a lawsuit against a Houston-area county clerk, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Attorney General Ken Paxton. According to the Houston Press: “He is trying to prove that, essentially, marriage between a same-sex couple can be equated to marriage between a man and a machine.”

Two years ago, Sevier’s attempt to marry a computer in Florida was tossed out of court. He characterized himself at the time as being among a minority of Americans “who want to marry machines and animals.”

Sevier’s legal maneuvers are part of his checkered past with the law. He was reportedly arrested and charged with stalking a 17-year-old girl in September 2013. He had previously been charged with stalking country music singer John Rich after Sevier mailed Rich a photograph of himself naked, wrapped in an American flag and covered in blood. 

Rich told reporters that he feared for the safety of his children, who Sevier allegedly mentioned in one of his letters.

Sevier is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. His law license, which he obtained in Tennessee in 2007, was reportedly suspended due to a mental disability.

The Daily Dot was unable to immediately confirm Sevier’s current status; however, 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.

The Press further reports that Sevier, who in 2014 told a judge that he preferred “sex with my computer over sex with real women,” opposes same-sex marriage. 

“The question is,” he said at the time, “should we have policies that encourage that kind of lifestyle?”

Dell Cameron

Dell Cameron

Dell Cameron was a reporter at the Daily Dot who covered security and politics. In 2015, he revealed the existence of an American hacker on the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist. He is a co-author of the Sabu Files, an award-nominated investigation into the FBI's use of cyber-informants. He became a staff writer at Gizmodo in 2017.