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Utah Man Goes on Hunger Strike to Stop Gay Marriage

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Jan 3, 2014
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Trestin Meacham
Trestin Meacham  (Source:KTVX)

A man from Utah is hoping his hunger strike will halt state officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ABC’s Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX reports.

Trestin Meacham, 35, says he will fast until Utah nullifies a recent decision that gives same-sex couples the legal right to tie the knot. Though a number of Utahans negatively reacted to the decision, it seems like Meacham’s hunger strike is among the most drastic.

"I’m very disappointed," Meacham told KTVX. "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."

According to KTVX, Meacham hasn’t had anything to eat since Dec. 21. He went on to say that the state has an option it’s not using and he’s starving himself to convince Utah officials to "nullify" the federal court ruling to legalize gay marriage. In hisblog he says the state has a right to override the ruling.

"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.

"I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home," he wrote in his blog. "Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s health and even life if necessary. I am but a man, and do not have the money and power to make any noticeable influence in our corrupt system. Nevertheless, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore."

Attorney Greg Skordas told KTVX that the state cannot nullify the ruling.

"If people want to change that they have to go through the appropriate processes," Skordas said. "When individual personal liberties are at stake the state can’t infringe on that, even if it’s the will of the people."

Meacham isn’t accepting that, however. According to KTVX, he’s already lost 25 pounds.

"I had to punch a hole in my belt to make it fit," he said.

He says he will continue the hunger strike until Utah officials take action.

"They don’t have to go through the legal court battles and waste our money, they can end it tomorrow with the act of nullification," Meacham said.


  • Anonymous, 2014-01-03 18:31:21

    Go on, punch a hole...

  • patroy, 2014-01-03 18:51:31

    hopefully this clown will dry up and blow away!

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-03 19:17:07

    25 pounds?! Good grief that was a quick diet.... Guess there will be one less Utah citizen against gay marriage soon!

  • Unbreakable1, 2014-01-03 21:24:44

    Soon he will bite the dust, then become dust.

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-03 21:57:18

    Stay strong, buddy! Don’t give in... bye bye!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2014-01-03 23:14:01

    Oh, brother. Talk about a drama queen. Once SCOTUS steps in this closet case can reveal his fabulous, slinky, new body just in time to come out and find a husband.

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 01:00:54

    While your at it, stop drinking water as well. this way we know you mean business.

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 06:34:24

    I wonder what his family and preacher think. I feel sorry for his ignorance nd pity for his stupidity. It’s not a pleasant death...

  • 2PTown, 2014-01-04 07:24:14

    I am not sure which state has more hateful bigots, Utah or Texas? Let this freak keep starvinghimself. Is he a Mormon?

  • lb43082, 2014-01-04 08:32:14

    Actually, it reminds me of a spoiled little boy that isn’t getting his way... so strange how these biggots have NO compassion or reason beyond their own selfish wants/desires and needs... Just say in’....

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 08:35:28

    Here comes the pissy Mormon freaks who finally got their Karma for their involvement in Prop 8. Go ahead, dumbass, martyr yourself - no one cares.

  • BlondieSL, 2014-01-04 09:06:38

    Well, as long as we all support HIS human rights, I guess all is well, huh? It always amazes me how all these bible thumpers just can’t understand their own bible. Their book teaches love,_ tolerance and... What was that other one... Oh yeah.. NO TO JUDGE THEIR FELLOW HUMANS! Their level of self-absorbtion is profound.

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 12:01:31

    He is but one person, and what one person feels about our being able to marry, means squat. The hunger strike should be reason enough to have him committed or at least have a mental hygeine done. He’s purposely harming himself by not eating, so they should lock his ass up. These people can do whatever they want, eventually we WILL have equal rights.

  • GT, 2014-01-04 12:35:26

    Just proves how fucked up these right wingers are. See ya on the other side buddy.

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 13:57:40

    Who’s paying attention?

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-04 17:37:30

    R.I.P dumb ass

  • fleebness, 2014-01-04 22:55:49

    Yet another person deluded into thinking this has anything to do with religion.A religion can still not permit marriage if it wants. It just doesn’t hold water in a court of law. Just as a religious edict against using tarot cards does make the purchase of such cards illegal, the religion may ban their use by its parishioners with no conflict with the law at all. Don’t want to follow their rules? No big deal... You get out of the religion.Except this guy wants to risk his life over it. I feel sorry for the deluded soul.

  • joloco, 2014-01-05 08:10:18

    I wonder what he will think when the state decides it has the right to force feed him?

  • Anonymous, 2014-01-05 18:08:55

    Do it!!!!!

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