Pastor Edward James and his horse "Charlotte" protested today against a federal ruling that lifted Mississippi's ban against gay marriage on Nov. 25.
Pastor James and his horse stood on a median in front of a federal courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi, to make their point.
"Although [the protest] is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status," Pastor James told The Clarion Ledger (video below).
Gay marriages will not commence in the state until after a federal court of appeals rules on the issue early next year.
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"That's the point I'm trying to convey to Mississippians today, and I'm hoping that Judge Reeves will reconsider his ruling and that Mississippi will stay a state that will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman," added Pastor James.
While the horse grazed on grass, Pastor James held up signs that said: "Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold?" and "Marriage is one man and one woman ... anything else is a perversion."
GoodAsYou.org notes that the Christian-based Family Research Council (FRC) also used the man-horse marriage as an argument against gay marriage.
The FRC created a booklet called "The Slippery Slope of Same-Sex Marriage," which begins with:
In what some call a denial of a basic civil right, a Missouri man has been told he may not marry his long-term companion. Although his situation is unique, the logic of his argument is remarkably similar to that employed by advocates of homosexual marriage.
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The man claims that the essential elements of marriage—love and commitment—are indeed present: “She’s gorgeous. She’s sweet. She’s loving. I’m very proud of her. ... Deep down, way down, I’d love to have children with her.” Why is the state of Missouri, as well as the federal government, displaying such heartlessness in denying the holy bonds of wedlock to this man and his would-be “wife”?