The Supreme Court has put a hold on a Utah judge’s decision to strike down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, effectively putting a temporary stop to gay marriage in the state.
On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the state until a federal appeals court can take a look at the case. More than 900 gay and lesbian couples have married in Utah since Judge Robert Shelby’s December 20 ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates same-sex couples’ constitutional rights.
While gay and lesbian couples in the heavily Mormon state are undoubtedly upset at the recent transgressions, there is at least one Mormon out there who is relieved – that he can start eating again.
Trestin Meacham, a 35-year-old Utah man, went on a hunger-strike starting December 21 in protest of Judge Shelby’s decision. While it’s rare to see someone go on a hunger strike so others will have fewer rights, Meacham vows to remain vigilant on his crusade to end same-sex marriage in Utah. Having already lost 25 pounds on his water and vitamin diet, Meacham claims he will fast until Utah decides to nullify the court’s decision.
“This is what happens when Washington decides that a culture and way of life is incompatible with what it decrees. People of faith everywhere need to wake up, what they did to the native Americans, they are now doing to us,” Meacham wrote on Facebook.
I don’t think Washington is handing out blankets riddled with smallpox to heterosexual Mormons, but perhaps the lack of food is effecting Meacham’s brain. Let’s hear a few more Meacham rants:
“The effects of gay marriage? I’m pretty sure a cake maker and handful of photographers, who exercised their right of religious freedom can tell you about the harmful effects of gay marriage. It basically means the end of the first Amendment.”
“The homosexual movement is designed to destroy freedom of religion. I’ve been saying this for years while pointing out case after case, and few cared. But if it involves someone on TV, the world comes apart! They can vandalize churches, verbally lynch religious leaders, and drive people like me from military service; and it’s okay.”
Luckily, most Utah residents aren’t ready to let that kind of crazy into their lives right now. In 2012, Meacham ran for the Utah State Senate as a candidate for the Constitution Party, whose platform “rejects the notion that homosexuals, transgenders or those who are sexually deviant are deserving of legal favor or special protection.” He lost by 73 percentage points.