Chris Sevier, the man made famous for suing the states of Florida, Texas and Utah to recognize his marriage to a laptop computer, has now turned his attention to removing a rainbow Pride flag from Capitol Hill.
The same-sex marriage opponent has taken a break from his string of laptop related lawsuits to file a new one against Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) and three other House members for displaying a rainbow flag outside their offices.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Sevier’s 38-page complaint asks the federal District Court in D.C. to determine that “homosexuality” is a “religion” and that the flags are symbols for the “homosexual denomination.” The suit also seeks $1 million in damages.
For her part, Rep. Davis told the paper that the flags aren’t going anywhere and that the lawsuit is only reinforcing her decision to display the banners. She added that support from the LGBT community has emboldened her to stand up to Sevier.
“The amazing response we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly supportive,” she said.
In addition to asking that the flags be removed from the hallway, Sevier also wants the court to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on marriage equality and kick the flag-bearing representatives out of office.
“The Defendants know or should know that they are advancing a threat to Democracy… to the point that they are unfit to hold office and should be removed for cause for representing an internalized danger to National Security interests,” he said.
As an alternative, Sevier said he would be just fine with the legislators flying the rainbow flags, so long as they also displayed banners for “polygamists, zoophiles, heterosexuals and machinists,” the latter of which is a person who is attracted to inanimate objects, like Servier himself.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)—who in 2013 became the first member of congress to permanently fly the Pride flag outside his office—released a statement in response to the suit.
“I fly the Pride Flag outside my office in support of every LGBTQ individual—those in my district, those in our nation, and those around the world,” he said. “It is a symbol of both how far we have come on equality for all Americans and, as these incidents illustrate, how far we still have to go. It is a symbol of love, of peace, and diversity. I will fight this hateful attempt to silence equality and justice. We have come too far to allow the voices of bigotry and hate to win.”