The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association called a rally in Utah on Saturday, asking for sheriffs to “protect the people” from same-sex marriage
Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack told the Highland rally that it’s time for an uprising of opponents of same-sex marriage.
“The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,” Mack said.
CSPOA wants sheriffs to stop Utah county clerks from legally issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“We need people to stand up and speak out. We need to get noisy. We need some outrage,” said event organizer Cherilyn Eager. ”It is about the sheriffs now coming out to protect the people.”
“The way you take back freedom in America is one county at a time. The sheriffs need to defend the county clerks in saying, ‘No, we’re not going to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals,’” he said.
Mack said Utah’s laws are not overruled by the federal government.
“That’s a lie. That’s an absolute lie,” he said.
A federal judge recently struck down a Utah ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling on Dec. 20, stating that the state failed to show that same-sex marriage has any effect on opposite-sex marriage whatsoever.
"In the absence of such evidence, the State's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify the State's refusal to dignify the family relationships of its gay and lesbian citizens," Shelby wrote.
Three requests for a temporary stay were subsequently denied. Now most counties in the state are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Hundreds have been issued since the ruling. That stopped this morning, when the Supreme Court halted same-sex marriage in the state pending appeal, the Washington Post reported Monday.
“We have a right to raise our kids without homosexuals being part of the Boy Scouts, the schools and teachers and doing everything,” Mack argued at the rally. “They can be all that, but don’t shove your agenda down my kid’s throat. We have a right to raise our kids how we want not how you want.”
He said Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has failed the people of Utah.
"State sovereignty supercedes what this judge did," Mack said. "The Governor needs to get some courage and grip."