A Mississippi pastor dressed a horse named Charlotte as a bride to protest a federal judge's ruling striking down Mississippi's ban on gay marriage.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi's ban, saying that the 2004 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to review the case next month.

Edward James, pastor at Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, stood on the median in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Jackson holding a sign in each hand as Charlotte grazed on grass.

“Although [the protest] is ridiculous, so is the same-sex marriage status,” he told The Clarion-Ledger. “That's the point I'm trying to convey to Mississippians today, and I'm hoping that Judge Reeves will reconsider his ruling and that Mississippi will stay a state that will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.”

In one hand James held up a sign that read, “The next unnatural law. Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse to have and to hold? This might even be possible if the band [sic] on same sex marriage is lifted. 'Where do we draw the line?'” and in his other hand, a sign that read, “Marriage is one man and one woman. Anything else is a perversion.”