Federal Court Rejects Man’s Bid to Marry Laptop

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A Utah man attempting to marry his laptop had his legal challenge struck down in federal court.

Chris Sevier, who has filed several anti-LGBT lawsuits to challenge rights, filed a suit in Utah trying to marry his MacBook, according to PinkNews. The case was dismissed by the US District Court for Utah after Judge David Nuffer found the case went against Supreme Court equal marriage ruling Obergefell v. Hodges and Lawrence v. Texas, which set laws on sodomy.

Nuffer accepted the recommendation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse, who wrote the judgment on the case.

“The Sevier Plaintiffs seek to compel the Court to grant them the right to marry an inanimate object and more than one person,” she wrote. “[But] review of the relief the Sevier Plaintiffs’ seek clearly shows that their objective in seeking such relief is to undermine same-sex marriage and gay rights and does not constitute a real request for relief.”

Utah Assistant Attorney General David Wolf wrote in support of the state that the laptop would not be able to meet the conditions to be married, including being too young to be married at 15.

“Under Utah law, Sevier’s computer is not a party legally capable of entering into a solemnized marriage and cannot meet the consent requirement of the unsolemnized marriage statute,” he said. “Even if that were not the case, unless Sevier’s computer has attained the age of fifteen it is too young to marry under Utah law.”

The state response also stated that marrying an inanimate object is different than same-sex marriage, according to PinkNews. The laptop did not provide comment.


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