Saturday, February 24, 2018

Those five white, Christian, heterosexual, Republican gentlemen in South Carolina

Chris Sevier's
Nashville mugshot
Mark Christopher “Chris” Sevier is literally crazy, a convicted violent felon, vexatious litigant, child support deadbeat and a perjurer. Yet, according to a rundown at SPLC's Hatewatch, Sevier is responsible for “parody marriage” bills in Wyoming and South Carolina. These measures are a futile attempt to undo Obergefell v. Hodges. The Wyoming bill died in committee. The South Carolina measure H.4949 is hopefully headed in the same direction.

Exactly how someone like Sevier is influencing lawmakers is a mystery. I have to presume that his presentation is no saner than his activities.

I will get back to Mr. Sevier but first, the South Carolina bill is still in play. In summary:

Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-1-110 SO AS TO ENACT THE "MARRIAGE AND CONSTITUTION RESTORATION ACT"; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, INCLUDING "PARODY MARRIAGE" AND "MARRIAGE"; TO PROVIDE THAT PARODY MARRIAGE POLICIES ARE NONSECULAR IN NATURE; TO PROHIBIT THE STATE FROM RESPECTING, ENDORSING, OR RECOGNIZING ANY PARODY MARRIAGE POLICY OR POLICIES THAT TREAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION AS A SUSPECT CLASS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
These are the elected state representatives who are sponsoring this bill:
  • Steven Wayne Long, a realtor.
  • William M. "Bill" Chumley, landscaping and farmer.
  • James Mikell "Mike" Burns, “businessman.”
  • John R. McCravy, III, attorney.
  • Josiah Magnuson, educator and electrical project manager.
I would like to ask these white, Christian, heterosexual, Republican gentlemen how Chris Sevier influenced them. Unfortunately there is no way to email them directly and I am not going to fill out web forms. It is pointless to attempt to do this on the telephone because the questions require links.

Moreover, I would like to know why these folks are sponsoring legislation that is clearly unconstitutional. Certainly Rep. McCravy knows that this would never survive a legal challenge. Are they content to simply denigrate gay people though the introduction of flawed legislation? Does that make it all worthwhile?

As for Chris Sevier, we start in 2011 when his license to practice law was suspended due to mental incapacity. It has not been reinstated. In other words, the guy is deranged according to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Sevier has tried to eliminate marriage equality through meritless lawsuits in Texas, Utah, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and possibly other states. These have all been dismissed. In each of these actions Sevier claimed residency which means that he perjured himself in Federal court filings. He further perjured himself by claiming to be a lawyer in Mississippi and possibly elsewhere. He risked fines and imprisonment for up to five years in each instance because marriage equality has caused him to come (further) unhinged. Sevier has also attempted to intervene in at least ten federal matters including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado. Those efforts have all failed.

A brief is expected to be just that. Although there is no page limit on complaints, Rule 8 (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) stresses brevity. In the Mississippi action, Sevier filed a 400 page complaint asserting, among other things, why Obergefell entitles him to marry his laptop. Since, in each of these actions he is suing the state, people in the AG's office of each state have to deal with an enormous and frivolous complaint. Presumably neither judicial staff nor state officials wade through what is obviously batcrap. Nevertheless, addressing Sevier's personality disorder is expensive.

As if that's not enough, Sevier has multiple arrests for stalking country music singer John Rich, for stalking a teenage girl and for violating a court order. As if that doesn't suffice, Sevier has a 2012 conviction for assaulting his father-in-law in Texas. He was sentenced to 58 days in the Harris County jail.

And if that isn't enough, The Daily Beast reported in April, 2017 that a warrant was outstanding for Sevier's arrest in Tennessee for failure to appear at a criminal contempt proceeding. He also allegedly failed to pay child support and violated a restraining order by communicating with his former wife. Yes, Mr. Super-Christian is divorced. Sevier told The Daily Beast that his legal problems were the result of some sort of anti-Christian conspiracy. In Tennessee and Texas!!?

This brings me back to those white, Christian, heterosexual, Republican gentlemen in South Carolina; Reps. Long, Chumley, Burns, McCravy and Magnuson. Do you utilize so much as a Google search before being influenced by someone?

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