In an act of protest against Utah’s legalization of gay marriage (no word yet on how today's news changes things), politician Trestin Meacham is on a hunger strike to compel the state to ban the practice once again.
Meacham, 35, had gone 12 days subsisting only on water and a few vitamins as of Jan 3., dropping 25 pounds and punching another hole in his belt to accomodate his reduced frame. He refuses to eat until Utah nullifies a federal judge's decision to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban.
“I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home. Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s heath and even life if necessary,” Meacham wrote on his blog by way of explanation. “I am but a man, and do not have the money and power to make any noticeable influence in our corrupt system. Never the less, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.”
"You can start a blog and you can complain on social networks until you're blue in the face and nothing will happen but actions speak louder than words and I'm taking action," Meacham told ABC 4 Utah.
Meacham is pushing for Utah to “nullify” the federal court’s decision, with the argument that a state's rights reign supreme if it simply decides not to follow federal law.
Utah Attorney Greg Skordas begged to differ on Meacham’s interpretation of the Constitution.
"If people want to change that they have to go through the appropriate processes," said Skordas, adding that states must recognize constitutional rights the federal government decides to grant.
"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.
Meacham ran for the Utah State Senate as a Constitution Party candidate, which strves to “restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries,” according to its national platform. It opposes immigration, abortion in all cases, pornography, and all languages besides English.
If you accept Meacham’s political beliefs, his alarm is understandable— marriages have skyrocketed in Utah as same-sex couples flock to the altar to tie the knot. Over Christmas week Utah counties made a total of $49,000 on marriage licenses in the three-and-a-half days that clerk’s offices were open. Same-sex couples were the source of three-quarters of the money, as marriage license records in counties like Salt Lake were shattered by couples eager to finally wed.