The Telegraph reports Sevier as trying to make a case against the legalization of gay “marriage.” Sevier stated in court: “If there is a risk that is posed to traditional marriage and children, both man-man couples and man-machine couples pose it equally.” And he went on to say that “[in] considering the equal protection clause, there are no fewer policy reasons for preventing man-machine couples from marrying than there are for same-sex couples.”
While it might not be clear whether Sevier really wanted to marry his computer, or was just trying to prove a legalistic point, Sevier cites other cases where people succeeded in marrying inanimate objects or animals: One case where a woman “married” a dolphin, and another where a Chinese man “married” a cardboard cut-out of himself.
In addition to Sevier’s use of gay “marriage” to motivate legalizing machine “marriage,” recent research tells us how pornography can make romantic relationships with others less satisfying. Given what habitual pornography viewing can do to one’s brain, it shouldn’t be surprising that porn-addicted men like Sevier prefer to be sexually stimulated by his computer over women.
Nor is it just a matter of medical science when pornography disrupts normal brain functions. The two scholars adduce evidence indicating that pornography use affects “sexual behavior in adolescents” and “does indeed cause harm in humans with regard to pair-bonding.” What is more, researchers have uncovered evidence that pornography may prime users for “actual sexual relations with children” and may foster “violent attitudes toward women.”
(Source: Bryce J. Christensen and Robert W. Patterson, “New Research,” The Family in America Vol 25 Number 1, Spring 2011. Study: Donald L. Hilton Jr. and Clark Watts, “Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective,” Surgical Neurology International 2.1 [February 21, 2011]: 19.)