A Utah man has gone on hunger strike and says he will not eat until a ban on same-sex marriage was reinstated.
35-year old Trestin Meacham, who at one point ran for the Utah state senate, started his strike after a federal court ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution. He has not eaten in 12 days, and is only taking water and vitamin supplements.
Following the ruling, joyous couples and their supporters descended on court houses across the state to apply for their marriage licences. Meacham, however, decided that he had to take a stand against what he described as an “evil” taking root “in his home.” Predictably he claims that his religious rights and right to freedom of expression have been violated by allowing marriages he will have nothing to do with between couples he has presumably never met.
Meacham told ABC News:
[box type=”shadow”]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 US Constitution were violated.[/box]
Meacham was not specific about what clause of Article 1, Section 8 is being violated by the ruling. Having poured over the 18 clauses, it is curious that he chose the portion of the Constitution dedicated to the levying and collection of taxes. As for the 10th Amendment, there have been numerous instances where the rights of individual states to persecute or exclude whole groups, such as women and African-Americans, were declared to be unconstitutional under the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.
However, given that Meacham has gone without solid food for two weeks we can safely assume that his already delusional world view has deteriorated even further.
While Meacham performs his pitiful, self-serving attempt at martyrdom, loving couples across the state of Utah will be celebrating their commitment to each other by entering a union denied to them for far too long. Should Meacham expire in that time, it is entirely likely it will barely register on their spectrum. Indeed, why would it?
Watch this video by Huffington Post about Trestin Meacham and his attempts to stop marriage equality in Utah: