A man who claims to have married his laptop is apparently demanding that a Christian baker from Colorado must be compelled to bake a cake for him and his computer.
Chris Sevier, a self-identified "machinist," has filed a lawsuit demanding that Utah recognize his man-object marriage, The Washington Times reported. He and several self-identified polygamists have also filed a lawsuit against Masterpiece Cakeshop, whose owner is already in court after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Sevier and three polygamists argued that if Colorado can force Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips to bake a same-sex wedding cake, then it can also compel him to bake a man–machine cake.
"If marriage based on self-asserted sex-based identity narratives is a 'fundamental right,' 'individual right,' 'existing right,' based on a 'personal choice' for homosexuals, then clearly it is also a 'fundamental right,' 'individual right,' 'existing right,' based on a 'personal choice' for polygamists, zoophiles and machinists," the lawsuit against the baker stated.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Phillips' appeal, which was filed in July 2016 after the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the case in April that year.
Sevier has reportedly filed lawsuits against officials in Kentucky, Texas and Utah in the past year in an attempt to legally wed his computer. He also expressed plans to file lawsuits against Colorado and California.
"While it is undisputed that self-identified gays, polygamists, zoophiles and machinists can have wedding ceremonies, the states' selective legal recognition of gay marriage violates the establishment clause insurmountably," he stated in his latest filing in the Utah case.
The goal of the lawsuits, Sevier said, was to have the courts act honestly and restore the integrity of the Constitution. He argued that the issue should be governed by the First Amendment, not under the 14th Amendment as the courts have held.
"The entire Constitutional narrative is the wrong one," he told The Washington Times. "The courts have been incredibly intellectually dishonest in these matters. They are perpetrating unbelievable amounts of malpractice," he continued.
John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University in California, said that the lawsuit against the Colorado baker was "nonsensical," but he noted that it could have merit under the reasoning of the 2015 Obergefell same-sex marriage ruling, which held that "biological sex has nothing to do with marriage."
However, Robert Tuttle, a law professor at George Washington University, expressed doubts that Sevier's case could put the legality of same-sex marriage into question because "by contrast, polygamy doesn't involve the same type of claims of things that are outside people's control."