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Utah Man on Hunger Strike, Demanding State Put Stop to Gay Marriages: VIDEO

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Trestin Meacham, A Utah man opposed to same-sex marriage, has been on a hunger strike for 12 days to persuade the state to exercise the option of "nullifaction", ABC 4 Utah reports:

According to his interpretation of states’ rights, Utah can nullify the recent federal court ruling by simply choosing not to follow it.

"Jefferson made clear that the courts are not the supreme arbitrators of what is and what is not constitutional. The states also have power," said Meacham. 

But that's not the interpretation of attorney Greg Skordas.  "If people want to change that they have to go through the appropriate processes," said Skordas. Skordas said nullification doesn't work with Utah’s case. When the federal government grants someone a constitutional right, states must recognize it.  "When individual personal liberties are at stake the state can't infringe on that, even if it's the will of the people," said Skordas.

Watch an interview with Meacham, AFTER THE JUMP...

T_meachamMeacham has lost 25 pounds so far. He writes, on his website:

I began a fast on Saturday the 21st of December; and will continue the fast until the State of Utah exercises its right of nullification. I will go without food or drink, but will continue to drink water, and take weekly vitamin supplements.

On Friday the 20th of December, a federal judge overturned the State Constitution of Utah and ruled against and its restriction against same sex marriage. In so doing, Article 1 Section 8 and the 10th Amendment of the U.S Constitution were violated. Even worse a law voted on by a strong majority of the people of Utah was rescinded, thus robbing the people of their voice in government. And if this law remains, the natural rights of free speech and religious freedom, vouched safe by the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, will be violated.

This has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people. I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone. This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government.

Watch an interview with Meacham, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If he wants to starve himself to death because people are now enjoying their proper, legal right to marry, that's his problem. Why should I care?

    Posted by: Terry | Jan 3, 2014 6:33:35 PM


  2. Keep fasting, tic toc... soon there will be one less bigot to deal with

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 3, 2014 6:36:15 PM


  3. I don't practice a homosexual lifestyle... I pretty much got it right the first try.

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Jan 3, 2014 6:37:03 PM


  4. Another person who throws the "I have gay friends therefore I'm not a bigot despite the fact I don't want them to fully enjoy the life I'm wasting" excuse. Gay is not a practice (unless it's about gag reflex...hehe...couldn't resist). And last I checked Mr. Biblepants if you starve yourself to death you are committing suicide! That means you don't get to go to heaven even if you think it's for a heavenly reason. He must have missed that chapter!

    Posted by: Todd | Jan 3, 2014 6:43:42 PM


  5. Ummm... FWIW

    A "Fast" is a religious experience meant to bring you closer to god.

    A "Hunger Strike" is when you get your petulant panties in a knot because things aren't going your way.

    I'm pretty sure this is a Hunger Strike, not a fast...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 3, 2014 6:43:43 PM


  6. I will write him an obituary.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 3, 2014 6:44:03 PM


  7. This man has some major problems, judging by what I read of the background information about him.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 3, 2014 6:45:26 PM


  8. he gonna die

    Posted by: dc20008 | Jan 3, 2014 6:45:53 PM


  9. Stupid is as stupid does.

    Posted by: Lucca | Jan 3, 2014 6:46:36 PM


  10. Let him starve. Hopefully the other bigoted homophobes will follow suit.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jan 3, 2014 6:49:06 PM


  11. Poor, simple, ignorant man.

    Posted by: Mmbop | Jan 3, 2014 6:49:28 PM


  12. Ah, Darwinism. I love it.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 3, 2014 6:51:39 PM


  13. what up with those lips!
    i hope he starves to death -
    let this motherfucking bigot die
    alas he will find his way to food sooner than later -

    Posted by: j | Jan 3, 2014 6:51:44 PM


  14. "Who practice a homosexual lifestyle"

    That pretty much proves right there that he's a homophobe. I wonder if homophobes are genuinely deluded enough to believe that they don't hate/fear gay people? Because either on a conscious or sub-conscious level, they do.

    Although the fact that homophobes are frequently trying to get people to believe that they love gay people, is very telling about how their views are increasingly unpopular.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 3, 2014 6:53:41 PM


  15. Try to say "Mormon Martyr" three times fast.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 3, 2014 6:54:53 PM


  16. Nobody cares about you. Die

    Posted by: sam | Jan 3, 2014 6:55:43 PM


  17. He said, "This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government."

    It's about religious slavery and an out of control ego.

    Isn't there a bus he could throw himself under? Somewhere? They have buses in Utah, don't they? Film at eleven. He wouldn't even have to buy a ticket.

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 3, 2014 6:56:26 PM


  18. I wonder why he cares so much about this particular issue, that hes willing to injure himself and suffer? His rights arent being violated, noone is dying or having their rights egregiously violated...

    Maybe he has something to prove?

    Posted by: Jlavoy | Jan 3, 2014 7:02:06 PM


  19. Religious freedom?

    Yes - the freedom to practice it and freedom FROM IT AS WELL.

    Move away to a theocracy if that's what you want Mr. Meacham.

    Posted by: Leo | Jan 3, 2014 7:02:20 PM


  20. I have friends who practice a heterosexual lifestyle which can be very sinful according to the bible. I don't see anybody trying to stop them from marrying.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 3, 2014 7:06:02 PM


  21. Really guys. Stop.
    This man is still a human being. Wishing him death makes us no better than the Church that taught him to hate. His entire life he's been taught that we're evil, don't be the evil he expects. Let's show him that we're better than what he was taught.

    I don't wish him death. I wish him awareness & understanding.
    Let's hope this hunger strike will give him an epiphany. Maybe a newly married couple and their family can go visit him.
    Bring him something to eat.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 3, 2014 7:08:22 PM


  22. In other Stupid Pet Tricks. . .

    Posted by: Gregor | Jan 3, 2014 7:09:49 PM


  23. Sorry,but don't you drink water?

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jan 3, 2014 7:13:56 PM


  24. All these bigots have friends and relatives that are gay. Why not let them speak?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 3, 2014 7:14:36 PM


  25. MARY!

    Posted by: litper | Jan 3, 2014 7:14:54 PM


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