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article imagePastor dresses horse in wedding gown, compares it to gay marriage

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 13, 2014 in Politics
A Mississippi pastor dressed a horse in a wedding gown and stood in front of the Jackson, Miss. federal courthouse with signs protesting gay marriage Friday. He was protesting a federal judge having struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
Pastor dresses horse as bride
Pastor Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson told media that his point was being made despite the absurdity of his methods. He is protesting the fact that Mississippi's same-sex marriage ban was struck down by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves; he brought along his decked-out in wedding finery horse, Charlotte, to do so.
"Although (the protest) is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status," he told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "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."
When it comes to knowledge of how the process works, Pastor James is not entirely in the know as Judge Reeves cannot reverse his ruling. However, the next stage is the state's appeal, which could reverse the ruling. That appeal has been made and will be heard in the 5th U.S. District Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Jan. 9.
"This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law," Judge Reeves wrote in his Nov. 25 ruling. "The state of Mississippi cannot deny them the marriage rights and responsibilities it holds out to opposite-sex couples and their children."
Opposes same-sex marriage
But Pastor James had his own words on the subject, plastered on large signs that stood next to Charlotte, who ignored the entire spectacle, seemingly not even bothered by what she was wearing, and ate grass.
"Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold," one of his signs read. "This might even be possible if the ban on same-sex marriage is lifted. Where do we draw the line?"
There are 35 states in the U.S. in which gay marriage is legal. Mississippi and Arkansas, depending on appeals, could be the 36th and 37th.
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