Visitors to the federal courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi saw a horse of another color this week when a local pastor took the extreme step of dressing his mare in a makeshift wedding dress in a stand against same sex marriage.
“The horse is to show the ridiculous idea of two men getting married,” said Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
James is protesting a recent district court decision to strike down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage — that decision is being heard in January by the federal court of appeals in New Orleans, WJTV reported.
“I’m a Mississippian and I’m praying and hoping that we will remain a state that only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman,” the pastor said.
In addition to the wedding attire, James held a couple of signs. One said: “Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold?” The other read: “Marriage is one man and one woman… anything else is a perversion.”
He said his protest has been well received.
“I’ve had 100-percent support so far, thumbs up, tooting on the horns, I’ve even had a couple come out and give me a hug and hug the horse,” James told WJTV.
But a local LBGT advocate believes James is backing the wrong horse.
“I thought it was laughable and I believe he was going for a ridiculous protest and he certainly got one,” said Eddie Outlaw. “The argument is not about sin or religious belief or what the church says about marriage equality. It is strictly about benefits, rights, protection extended by government not by the church.”
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