A man in the US state of Utah who said he was not going to eat again until same-sex couples had the right to marry revoked has begun eating again after the US Supreme Court put a temporary stay on the issue, pending appeal.

Trestin Meacham revealed at the weekend that he had been on hunger strike for twelve days (today made 16), in order to protest against the fact that same-sex couples were temporarily able to marry in the state of Utah.

Today the US Supreme Court issued a temporary stay, which blocks officials from issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples pending an appeal from the state against a ruling which allowed same-sex marriage last month.

Meacham tweeted

After having regained the strength from his hunger strike, he tweeted more about why he had embarked on the effort.

He said he no longer wished to run for public office. He previously stood for the Constitution party as a state Senate candidate in Utah.

To followers on Twitter, he said: “I have no desire to run for office again.”

Of course, if the Supreme Court rules to uphold the lower court’s ruling, therefore reinstating same-sex marriage in the state, Meacham may go on hunger strike again.

After Meacham announced that he hunger striking, a group was set up by supporters of equal marriage, to send him pictures of really delicious-looking food.