A Utah man who belongs to a party promoting the rule of biblical law has embarked on a fast in response to a federal judge’s ruling to permit same-sex marriage in his state.
Trestin Meacham, 35, who belongs to the far-right Constitution Party, according to Right Wing Watch has not eaten since Dec. 21. He says he’ll continue starving himself until state officials refuse to obey the federal judge and cease issuing marriage licenses to lesbians and gays.
Meachm is an advocate of the principle of “nullification,” which contends that state and county officials can ignore federal laws and court rulings they consider unconstitutional.
In an interview posted today on the Cultural Hall website, Meacham said it’s “completely pointless” for state officials to go through the courts because they are “packed full of activist judges that don’t listen to the constitution.” He has urged state officials and county clerks to defy the order. He told an interviewer he is emulating Gandhi, and said he is willing to sacrifice his life to prevent same-sex marriages in Utah.
So far Meacham has lost 25 pounds surviving only on water and vitamins.