Probate Judge Chris Green named in same-sex marriage complaint

Along with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green has been named in a complaint filed in U. S. District Court of Northern Alabama, requesting injunctive relief from the decision embodied in Obergefell vs. Hodge, the U. S. Supreme Court ruling of 2015 granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Green told The Blount Countian that the plaintiff, Chris Sevier, contacted him by phone and asked to be granted a marriage license to marry the machine that he uses in the course of his professional work. After understanding the nature of the request, Green said he told the man “I will not issue a marriage license like that in Blount County.”

Green said another man called him the next day and asked for a marriage license to marry his two girlfriends. When Green declined, the man stated that he was being deprived of his rights, and that he and his two girlfriends had been living together for years. “Good for you,” Green reported he told the man, “but you’re not getting a marriage license for that here. It’s not happening in Blount County, period.”

The complaint requests the court to grant one of two opposing forms of relief.

EITHER, issue a permanent injunction against the state of Alabama (and the named defendants Green, Marshall, and Ivey) from legally recognizing any form of marriage other than man-woman marriage, and further from enforcing any statute that concerns transgender or gay rights, or that treats sexual orientation as a matter of civil rights.

OR, issue a declarative judgment that the probate judge violated plaintiffs’ equal protection and due process rights by denying them their right to non-conventional forms of marriage, based on their personal choice. The request asks the same rights and privileges enjoyed by same-sex couples who can be legally married under current law, be extended to polygamists, zoophiles, machinists, and presumably to individuals desiring other non-conventional forms of marriage.

The complaint states that the plaintiff Sevier is a machinist, and is a resident of Oneonta. Sevier told The Blount Countian that he does live in Oneonta and that he is variously employed here in the fields of music, as a lawyer, by the military, in drafting legislation, and as a lobbyist.

Reports in Techdirt, a technology industry blog, and The Huffington Post, a national news/opinion blog, identify him as an attorney in Nashville. The telephone number he provided to The Blount Countian for inquiries concerning his complaint involving Green (which he answered), is a Nashville number. Techdirt also reported that Sevier’s license to practice law was revoked in July by the court and placed on “active disability status.”