A Dumb and Offensive Protest Against Marriage Equality

Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi came up with an incredibly stupid and offensive way to protest a court decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. He put a horse in a wedding dress and said that if gay people are allowed to marry, it would lead to that. It’s kind of disturbing that bestiality is the first place the bigots go on this issue, comparing human beings to horses and box turtles.

The pastor, Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, brought the horse to the federal courthouse on Friday in Jackson to protest a federal judge’s ruling, currently on hold, to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

“The horse is to show the ridiculous idea of two men getting married,” said James to News Channel 12.

The horse came with white flowers tucked into its harness and a bouquet. James waved signs at passersby that featured messages mocking the proposal to allow gay marriage in the state.

One read, “Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold?”

James hopes to change the mind of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves who struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban ruling last month. Despite that ruling, gay couples still cannot marry in the state pending the outcome of a state appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans which is hearing arguments in the case on Jan. 9.

Yeah, I’m sure the federal judge will have his mind totally changed by such a compelling argument. My eyes just rolled to Istanbul and back.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    So gay marriage will lead to Reverends putting horses in wedding dresses? As Slippery Slopes go, that’s not so bad.


    My eyes just rolled to Istanbul…

    Not Constantinople?

  • Kaintukee Bob

    I eagerly await the day I can marry my toaster. Until then, our frequent and painful copulations will have to remain sinful.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Do we even know whether it was a boy horse or girl horsy?

    Also, noted insane person and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Neal admitted that his first girlfriend was a mule and that sex between guys and barnyard animals was a common and natural occurrence on nearly every farm while he was growing up. Gay marriage has never been legal in Georgia.

    Is this why they’re so scared? That if gay marriage is legalized they won’t be able to control their impulses to marry a horse or sheep?

  • eric

    James waved signs at passersby that featured messages mocking the proposal to allow gay marriage in the state…James hopes to change the mind of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves

    Because everyone knows, District Judges listen carefully to the opinions of random motorists they don’t even know.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Should have read Neal Horsely. Google him if you want a laugh.

  • eric

    noted insane person and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Neal admitted that his first girlfriend was a mule

    You forgot the icing on the cake. His last name is Horsley.

  • Michael Heath

    Jumping from gays marrying to bestiality illustrates my observation conservative Christians and fundies from other religions have no rational argument against gays marrying. So here the subject’s changed in a way that illustrates the delusional idiocy of conservative Christianity.

  • Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Where in the world did he find a horse capable of giving informed consent?

  • Kaintukee Bob

    @8: Obviously Mr. Ed and Wilbur had a rather more scandalous relationship than the show ever indicated.

  • NitricAcid

    #*- exactly. What benefits does one get from marrying a horse that one doesn’t get from simply buying one? Do you want the horse to make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated? Do you want the horse to be the guardian of your children if you die? Do you need to have the horse come visit you in the hospital as next of kin? Will the horse be joint owner of your glue factory?

  • NitricAcid

    That should have been #8. I have to remember not to capitalize numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    I asked my horse if he would marry me. He said, “Nae.” Must be Scots. And don’t give me any of that “no true Scotshorse” crap.

  • Sastra

    Interesting that he chose a horse and not an ass, given their prurient fixations on what Other People do.

  • NitricAcid

    Maybe he wants spousal benefits to cover the vet bills…

  • John Pieret

    He and the horse seem to be on the front lawn of the Federal Court. I hope he brought a pooper scooper … a BIG one. Otherwise the horse’s ass could get hauled away … and the horse too.

  • eric

    What benefits does one get from marrying a horse that one doesn’t get from simply buying one?

    You can file your taxes as Head of Barnhold, which allows you to write off taxes paid from stable sources of income.

  • Alverant

    That poor horse. He can do so much better than James.

  • bybelknap

    Modus, if you’ve got a date in Constantinople she’ll be waiting in Istanbul.

  • NitricAcid

    bybelknap- unless she’s a horse.

  • whheydt

    Okay…the issue of the horse being able to consent to marriage has been brought up, but is the horse even over the age of consent so that it can legally give consent in the first place?

  • Doug Little

    I don’t know what’s worse the bestiality or the child molestation that they normally associate gay people with.

  • Kaintukee Bob

    @20: In human years or horse years?

    @21: If the answer to my question above is ‘human years’, isn’t beasitality technically both?

  • johnwoodford

    Michael Heath@7: The logic, if you can call it that, is that Rev James divides acts into two classes: Things That Are Good, and Things That Are Bad. And all of the Things That Are Bad just are that way, because Rev James says that God says so and shut up, that’s why. So Rev James lacks a heuristic to distinguish between different Bad Things, and cannot draw a distinction between, e.g., homosexuality and bestiality. Then if you come in and say well, you can do this one Bad Thing, Rev James generalizes from his own experience and concludes that since he lacks that heuristic, no such heuristic exists, and if someone thinks it’s OK to do this one Bad Thing, they must therefore think it’s OK to do all the Bad Things.

    It’s things like this that remind me anew that atheists, agnostics, and even fuzzy liberal religionists have a far better grasp of what the world looks like to a fundie than the reverse.

  • grumpyoldfart

    He’s half right. The horses have to be dressed up – not in wedding finery, but in mourning clothes:

    Let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. (Jonah 3:8)

  • Anton Mates

    So are people supposed to feel a chill of cosmic horror when they see a horse in a dress? Because that sounds pretty cute to me. Hell, a bunch of animals in wedding dresses would be a good advertisement for gay marriage. “White looks good on everybody! Marriage for all!”

    Anyways, I’m perfectly happy for horses to marry each other just as soon as they learn to sign the forms.

  • doublereed

    I thought dressing up as animals and dressing animals up as people has always been a silly pastime of people. We love that stuff.

    Actually, now that I think of it that way, that’s probably how they came up with the idea. It’s an excuse to dress up their horse Daaawwwww look at the cute little bride-mare.

  • doublereed

    Oh, “Bride-mare” is also a horror film title about a Bride who enters people’s nightmares.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    If anything, I think it’s traditional chattel-based marriage that seems to pave the way for bestiality. It treats human women as livestock instead of people with their own desires. Modern consent-based marriage moves us away from that.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “A Dumb and Offensive Protest Against Marriage Equality?” I’m sorry, was there ever a protest against marriage equality that WASN’T dumb and offensive? What did I miss here?

  • Ysidro

    See, it makes sense to him because homosexuality and beastiality are both in the category “sexual things I find icky”. So of course they’re both immoral and wrong for the exact same reasons! It’s not like the concept of consent ever crossed this guy’s mind.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    He was initially going to do the protest with a mule, but the he got turned down.

    That would have been a bad idea anyway, because the message would have been garbled. Something about an ass marrying another ass.