Trestin Meacham, a 35-year-old
unhinged whackjob former Constitution Party candidate for the Utah State Senate, says he is fasting to stop same-sex marriage in Utah.
Meacham, who claims to have begun his fast on the day that U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled Utah's marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional, says he's lost 25 pounds so far.
His goal is to draw attention to the discredited legal theory of "nullification." This bogus theory holds that states -- not the federal government -- hold supreme authority and have the right to invalidate any federal law they like.
Of course, the Supreme Court has repeatedly dismissed the notion that states have the power to unilaterally overrule federal law, and the country fought a nasty 19th-century skirmish called the Civil War that should have put nullification to bed permanently. However, many southern states cited the concept in the 1950s in their racist effort to prevent public school integration before the Supremes smacked it down again in their 1958 Cooper v. Aaron decision.
But these details don't concern Meacham. "[The state] can end this tomorrow," Meacham told ABC 4 Utah. "They don't have to go through legal court battles and waste our money. They can end it tomorrow with the act of nullification."
Meacham has launched a public Facebook page for fans of his anti-gay fast. More information, along with video of Meacham's 4-Utah interview, is after the jump.
In a December 21 Facebook posting announcing his fast, Meacham frames his struggle in heroic terms:
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. 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.
When a friend suggested that a fast was perhaps not the most advisable course of action, Meacham responded, "Actually, history has shown fasting to be one of the most effective means of protests. Fasts have changed laws and brought down empires."
On his newly-launched blog, Trestin says that for the duration of the fast, he will go without all food and drink except for water and vitamin supplements. Predictably, he insists that he's seriously not a hater, you guys.
This has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people. I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle [sic] and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone. This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government.
He continued on Facebook, writing: "Let's be clear about something. Just because you disagree with someone's lifestyle [sic] does not mean you hate them. And standing up to evil does not make you unchristian. Do we not remember how He drove the moneychangers from the temple?"
Riiiiight. In Trestin Meacham's world, the fact that he's willing to literally starve himself to protest others' happiness -- that he's that committed to preventing same-sex couples from legally pledging their lives to one another and blocking them from realizing our nation's promise of equal justice under the law -- doesn't make him a hateful, bigoted extremist. It's all about the "Constitution," silly!
I wonder how long Meacham will persist in his delusional fast. It's clearly an exercise in futility because nullification is an invalid legal concept, so the way I see it this has two possible outcomes: 1.) he relents and breaks his fast, or 2.) refuses to give up and starves himself to death.
If that happens (to be clear, I hope it doesn't), he'll be just as dead as nullification.
UPDATE: More desperate Utahns have emerged. This time, they're calling for an "uprising" against marriage equality. And the man who's leading the charge is so extreme that he's monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Click here to read more.