Ryan Uhler attempted to be funny when he compared marrying his dog to same-sex marriage on Facebook. But his employer apparently didn’t get the joke and canned him. Uhler, 32, is a resident of Cape Coral, Florida. He posted the following message the day after the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that gay marriage is legal everywhere, according to the Huffington Post.
“How is marrying a dog different if you love them? Today I hope we can focus on doggy-style love. I love my dog Rocco, and he loves me. Hopefully one day we can be married.”
He was subsequently fired from his job as a digital marketing specialist at the Grace Investment Group. Even though his position would seem to involve the internet, Uhler stated the following according to the Huffington Post.
“I was blindsided. I didn’t think anyone there knew how to use Facebook.”
Uhler stated that he has nothing against gay marriage and that he thought it “would be funny” if he posted himself with his dog after gay marriage was made legal in all 50 states. He said that what he said was “taken out of context,” according to NBC Channel 2. Uhler noted that he likes to “stir the pot” sometimes on Facebook. He stated that he is not political but is aware the opponents of LGBT rights often use the cliché likening same-sex marriage to an animal wedding. Uhler stated the following, according to the Huffington Post.
“I’m very neutral about politics. Sometimes, I will try and get a reaction to spark comments and responses. I really didn’t want to offend. I have gay people I know and love and I wouldn’t want to offend them, but they know my sense of humor.”
His former employer has not replied to queries regarding why Uhler was fired, but he insists that company officials told him it was because of the Facebook post. He said that he was told that the company was uncomfortable with the connotations of bestiality that his post raised.
Uhler is a married man, but he still joked about marrying his dog after the fact. He stated that he is coming forward so that others don’t make the same mistake as he made, stating the following.
“The reason I’m coming forward about this is that I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake I did about posting jokes like this on Facebook.”
Florida is an at-will employment state, meaning that an employer can fire someone without providing a reason and with no notice. Trial attorney Scot Goldberg said the company is justified, and he stated the following according to NBC Channel 2.
“I think going to the point where they’re firing someone is a little bit over the line. I think they have the ability to do that in the legal recourse to do it.”
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A person who is serious about comparing polygamy to same-sex marriage may challenge the law in his state. Nathan Collier lives in Montana with his two wives and says that with the United States government supporting marriage equality, he has applied for a second marriage license. Collier says if his request is denied, he will sue as his second wife Christine “deserves legitimacy” and that they are just asking for tolerance. Collier’s second marriage license was filed at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday and was initially denied. However, clerks said they would speak with the county attorney before making a final ruling, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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