PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona won’t be deciding whether people can marry their computers — at least not yet.
In a brief order Friday, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick rejected a request by Chris Sevier in a case the judge is hearing on the constitutional right of gays to wed.
Sedwick said what Sevier is asking is unrelated to the issues.
Challengers want the judge to void a 2008 voter-approved state constitutional amendment declaring that marriage in Arizona is solely between one man and one woman.
Sevier argued to Sedwick that his right to marry an inanimate object, also now precluded under state law, should also be protected as part of the same lawsuit. It is an argument Sevier has made, without success, in other states.
The judge in his order, said Sevier’s motion lacks merit because his interests are not the same as those who filed the original lawsuit.
“His own motion papers show that he wants to expand the class of plaintiffs rather than participate because he is a member of the class of people involved in the litigation,” Sedwick wrote. Anyway, the judge said, it’s not like being locked out of this case leaves no options.
“If Mr. Sevier desires to marry his computer, he should file his own lawsuit,” the judge said.
In addition to suing elsewhere for the right to marry his computer, Sevier has sued Apple and Hewlett Packard in federal court, contending that their failure to install protections on their machines against pornography got him addicted to it — which is why he wants to marry his computer in the first place.
Sevier insisted his intervention efforts are not an effort to undermine the lawsuit, but he also expressed some clear hostility to gays, saying they “try to recruit people” to their lifestyle.
The motion to intervene was opposed by lawyers for both challengers to the law and the state, Attorney General’s Office which is defending the law.