US: Utah man says he went on hunger strike ‘to expose the hatred of the homosexual movement’
A man in the US state of Utah who said he was going on hunger strike until after his state banned same-sex couples from marrying has said he did so to “expose the hatred of the homosexual movement”.
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.
Yesterday 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.
One of the first things he did was ask for pizza from his followers. Later he tweeted to say that he did not only do it in opposition to equal marriage, but supposedly to “expose the hatred of the homosexual movement.”
The fast had other purposes than what was shared with the public. One was to expose the hated of the supposedly tolerant homosexual movement
— Trestin Meacham (@TrestinMeacham1) January 6, 2014
Many have pointed out that Meacham had asked for a ban on same-sex marriage, which has not actually happened, and therefore he should still be on hunger strike.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor only put a temporary stay on the issue until the state of Utah’s appeal has been considered.
He also 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.