Kim Davis has another court fight on her hands but this one does not compute. A man has taken the extraordinary step of suing the embattled county clerk in federal court for denying him a license to marry his laptop computer.
The plaintiff is Mark “Chris” Sevier, who’s also suing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and state Attorney General Andy Beshear, according to the Associated Press. Sevier is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and had his license to practice law suspended in 2011, according to the right-wing law firm representing the Rowan County clerk, Liberty Counsel. The firm said Sevier has previously filed similar lawsuits in Texas and Florida.
According to attorney and law firm founder Mat Staver, Sevier is out to prove the marriage of a man to a machine is just as legitimate as that of a same-sex couple.
“This lawsuit is frivolous,” Staver said dismissively. “There is obviously no right for a man to marry a machine. When you make gender irrelevant to a gender-based relationship you open Pandora’s box and make a mockery out of marriage,” he added.
Davis and Staver have two other legal battles brewing: the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is to consider the original case against Davis later this month. Davis argues all complaints against her should all be dismissed because of the changes the state has made to Kentucky marriage certificates, removing the name of the county clerks. And as ThinkProgress reported, AG Beshear has found Liberty Counsel in violation of state law for refusing to provide documents to his office, under the Open Records Act. The website reports the Campaign for Accountability filed the request earlier this year in hopes it would shed light on Davis’ relationship with the law firm, including retainer agreements and other documents. Beshear said in defying his request, Liberty Counsel was attempting “to manufacture a conflict,” one that is “unfounded and does not provide any grounds for refusing a request.”