Former Constitution Party candidate fasting until gay marriages stopped in Utah

Former Constitution Party Utah State Senate candidate Trestin Meacham began a fast the day after District Judge Robert Shelby released his ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional. He is attempting to draw attention to what he says is an option for the state: Nullification.

“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,” the 35-year-old wrote in a blog explaining his intentions.

Nullification is a constitutional theory that states have ultimate authority in all matters, and not the federal government. Thomas Jefferson originally laid out the theory in 1798, which has been ruled unconstitutional under both Article III and Article VI in several Supreme Court cases.

Southern states attempted to use the nullification theory in the 1950s to prevent integration of schools. Ultra-conservatives are now trying to get states to use nullification to stop the Affordable Care Act.

Article VI of the Constitution provides what is called a “Supremacy Clause” that states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

Meacham believes that District Court Judge Robert Shelby’s decision violates Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” He calls the decision an overreach by the federal government.

“It is time for the State to stop wasting time. Our so-called conservative lawmakers need to show some courage and stand against this judicial tyranny. They need to exert the will of the people,” Meacham wrote.

Meacham ran for election to the Utah State Senate, District 24, which covers much of Tooele, Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute and Wayne Counties as a Constitution Party candidate.

“The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries,” says the national party platform. The party is against any immigration law that offers amnesty to anyone currently in the country illegally and further wants a moratorium on any further immigration. It is against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. They push an “English Only” agenda and oppose all pornography.

The party is against same-sex marriage and believes the states should be able to criminalize sexual behaviors.

With no Democrat running in the 2012 election, Meacham got 13.6 percent of the vote against GOP incumbent candidate Sen. Ralph Okerlund. He raised $100 in his campaign and self-funded $320.

According to his blog, he has lost 25 pounds since he started his fast.

He claims that “homosexual activists” are sending him “vile, hateful messages.”

“The homosexual movement is less tolerant than the Nazis and if they had the power of the Nazis, I have no doubt they would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

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  1. "…I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.”
    considering many politicians easily ignore people in their constituency that are hungry and impoverished because of actual poverty, i have a feeling they will have no problem ignoring a single bigot who is starving himself WILLFULLY. Methinks you misjudge your importance, sir.

  2. wow…just wow. there is nothing to help this individual. apparently he feels absolutely everyone in the united states must comply with his religious beliefs or they are evil. why can't he just let "god" judge us in the end like it is supposed to be…if there is a god. I know I am stating the obvious…it just sounds so exhausting when you say it plainly. truly, I feel sorry for the frame of mind this individual is in. just look at his picture; you can see it in his eyes…complete vacancy and a fear that someone, one day, will tell him there is no Santa Claus

  3. He's welcome to bring all the groceries he won't be eating over to my house. I'll eat 'em. And then we'll know he isn't cheating. And I hope it's a lifetime supply. 🙂

  4. “I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home."

    Did it ever cross his mind that oppressing gay citizens is evil, regardless if a majority of people want to do it?

  5. lol how about start with banning divorces in this country if ever expect legal systems to take guys like you seriously thats it tho right its ok if you are straight marry then divorce then remarry but its wrong if you are wanting to marry your same sex partner mmhmm see before long every state everyone will be treated equal 100 percent its coming until you thump and follow that book 100 percent thats other thing many don't follow it as it should be if you are going to drag religion into the court best learn how to stand by what the book says on everything not just one thing………

  6. re·ac·tion for·ma·tion
    1.defense mechanism: in psychoanalysis, a defense mechanism in which somebody condemns something that has an unconscious appeal

  7. "judicial tyranny"? "Biblical foundations"? The only tyranny I see here is Bible-based oppression. If you don't like gay marriage, don't marry a man. Let everyone else choose who they love. As far as your fasting goes, no one likes a drama queen. Go have a cheeseburger and get real!

  8. Why would you want him to starve ? Because he stands up for what he believes in his hart that it's no different than saying lgbt people should die cause they want something so bad it's not wrong its what he believes no different than what you or I believe

  9. You know I don't have a problem with gay people but people commenting saying they hope he dies? That's too far. They say people who don't believe in gay marriage are closed minded but gay activists are much more closed minded to others beliefs

  10. Because "what he believes in his hart [sic]" is that oppressing a whole group of people is right.
    If you don't get it, just replace 'straight' with 'white', and 'gay' with 'black'.
    Would you defend a white guy who was fasting over laws giving blacks equal rights, because racism is "what he believes in his hart [sic]"?

  11. This guy has a curious definition of what constitutes religious freedom. Apparently it can easily be confused with religious tyranny, the lack of freedom to practice whatever religion your little heart would like to and demands that you follow the religion of the closest crackpot, like Travis Meacham.

  12. I don't want anyone harming themselves. My issue is this is by choice. I pray everyday for all Lds families including my wife's we all just love one another. Not all Lds followers believe this is right he does this on his own free will and in the name of religion is just a excuse to find a outlet for him being a former a extreme religious follower. This teenage boys will never get to grow up and had not choice but to starve. He has a medical examiner to watch him , a glass of water near by if he needs it even a piece of bread if he request it. This innocence teens don't get to tell you the story of true evil the kind that starves children to prove a point.

  13. Yes, he should definitely fast until he gets his way – like a billion years from now. I think he ought to hold his breath as well. I am really thankful when bigots weed themselves out!

  14. He should really get serious, and shoot himself in the face until they repeal the law.

  15. yeah… good luck with that….. and while you are at it, hold your breath until your face turns blue…. nanny nanny boo boo….. loser.

  16. I to believe in fasting for the right things but when you chose to fast for non equality its just wrong, you are not the only one in this world and your views of love are not shared by all, Equality is for Everyone not just a select few like yourself, even Christ teaches us to love all. So fast until you kill yourself (ie suicide) because love is stronger than you.

  17. Stay hungry, Testin. God's counting on you to do the right thing–by hook or by crook, she's going to get rid of you RWNJs one way or another.

  18. "The homosexual movement is less tolerant than the Nazis and if they had the power of the Nazis, I have no doubt they would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens,” he wrote on his Facebook page. You know what? Though I disagree with him, I was feeling somewhat charitable toward him until that quote. He seems wholly unaware that homosexuals were marched off to the Nazi ovens. I hope he sees this through to the end, and good riddance.

  19. Quoting FTA: He claims that “homosexual activists” are sending him “vile, hateful messages.”

    I have to vehemently disagree. I logged onto this guy's blog and posted a comment, offering to open a dialogue, etc. Instead of responding, he's chosen to either A) not publish or B) delete my comment. He's leaving comments that are mean spirited, but won't publish anything contrary to his opinion.

    At this point, it's not worth trying to open a dialogue with this man, because he's unwilling to talk *and* unwilling to show that he's getting nice messages from the GLBT community.

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