Expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage — as Sevier has done in several states, including Kentucky and Texas — he had filed suit in Utah to marry his laptop. While there, he also sought a polygamous marriage with John Gunter Jr. and Whitney Kohl.
Nuffer accepted a Utah magistrate judge’s ruling that dismissed Sevier’s lawsuit against the Utah governor, the attorney general and a county clerk who refused to issue the wedding licenses. The decision thus dismisses Sevier’s Utah attempt to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage legal.
The Utah attorney general’s court filings even poked some humor back at Sevier. It told the judge the laptop couldn’t consent unless it was 15 years old.
It’s ironic that Utah defended same-sex marriage as vigorously as it had once opposed it, Fox13 TV, in Salt Lake City, notes. Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was struck down in 2013.
Assistant Attorney General David Wolf said the court carefully considered the issues in the case and took it seriously before making the ruling.
“The attorney general’s office defended the law,” Wolf said. “Prior to Obergefell, same-sex individuals did not have the right to marry. The attorney general took the position he would defend the law as expressed by the people of Utah. After Obergefell, the law of the land is same sex couples have the constitutional right to marry.
“Our office defends the law.”