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Jan 06 2014

Utah Man Fasts to Stop Equal Rights

There are causes that may be worth going on a hunger strike for. If it’s the only way you think you can prevent a great injustice, it’s certainly worth considering. But imagine being such a raging bigot that you’re willing to starve to death to prevent people from getting equality. A Utah man is doing exactly that.

A Utah man is vowing to go without any food until the state stops allowing same sex marriages. He claims if Utah wants to protect traditional marriage, it has an option it’s not using, and he’s fasting until it does it.

When same sex marriage became legal in Utah, people immediately reacted. Couples stormed county clerk buildings. State attorneys tried to stop it, and Trestin Meacham started fasting.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Trestin Meacham, fasting to stop Utah same sex marriages.

For the past 12 days Meacham hasn’t eaten anything. He’s surviving solely on water and an occasional vitamin.

“You can start a blog and you can complain on social networks until you’re blue in the face and nothing will happen but actions speak louder than words and I’m taking action,” said Meacham.

I think this is a wake up call to Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Peter LaBarbera, Scott Lively and every other bigot who considers themselves truly committed to the cause of inequality. Time for you to step up to the plate and prove to the baby Jesus that you really, really mean it.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    Hey look he’s the anti-Gandhi.

  2. 2
    daved

    The additional advantage of all these right-wingers starving themselves to death is that they’ll be much easier for their pallbearers to carry.

  3. 3
    Doug Little

    Shouldn’t the religious right be stuffing a feeding tube down his throat?

  4. 4
    Gretchen

    He’s probably eating cheeseburgers today after Sotomayor put a stop to the weddings.

  5. 5
    raven

    Big deal.

    That will last until he gets hungry and people stop paying attention to him.

    He really should do something more effective. Like threaten to leave the country for a more Mormon friendly place. We would all buy him a one way ticket if he would renounce his US citizenship. And make sure the screen door doesn’t hit him on the way out.

  6. 6
    matty1

    “actions speak louder than words and I’m taking action”

    Just not effective or sensible action, I mean come on this is one step up from praying for things to go his way. Idiots who think that as long as they do something, anything they are taking action piss me off even though in this case I’m lgad he has chosen to be ineffectual.

  7. 7
    David C Brayton

    Well, well, well….all you naysayers out there are just plain wrong. The Supreme Court did exactly what he wanted them to do.

  8. 8
    hunter

    Gretchen @4:

    It would seem so — posted a tweet complaining that people had only sent one pizza and inviting them to send more.

  9. 9
    Pierce R. Butler

    Our same bold young hero ran for Utah state senate in 2012 on the US Taxpayers Party ticket.

    His call for Utah to “nullify” federal court rulings may contradict legal reality, but it maintains consistency with the rest of his (wingnut) political stance.

  10. 10
    Brandon

    I’ve never understood how a hunger strike is supposed to work. It’s not a compelling argument in any way and it’s really neither here nor there to me if some guy that I disagree with chooses not to eat.

  11. 11
    d.c.wilson

    The Supreme Court’s action shouldn’t count. He vowed not to eat until Utah put an end to gay marriage after all. Someone slap the pizza out of his hands.

  12. 12
    suttkus

    I think this is a wake up call to Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Peter LaBarbera, Scott Lively and every other bigot who considers themselves truly committed to the cause of inequality. Time for you to step up to the plate…

    I think you mean it’s time for them to step away from the plate…

  13. 13
    cptdoom

    The Supreme Court’s action shouldn’t count. He vowed not to eat until Utah put an end to gay marriage after all. Someone slap the pizza out of his hands.

    Exactly – the stay means Utah is continuing to act as if the ruling were valid, because it means they have to file the appeal (maybe this time they could get a competent attorney who understands when you have to officially ask for a stay of a ruling) and maybe even appeal to the Supreme Court. If Utah really wants to simply nullify the decision, they should declare they won’t follow it, or the any appeals/Supreme Court decisions and refuse to participate in the process. THEN he could have something to eat. Plus, if Utah wins the nullification fight, then the states with populations that don’t like Mormons can act unilaterally to nullify Utah’s entry into the Union. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    Meanwhile, isn’t it a bad idea to thrown greasy, spicy pizza at a digestive system that’s had nothing but water for 2 weeks? Has the man never heard of tomato soup?

  14. 14
    Doug Little

    David @7,

    It’s a nefarious plot to spark more hunger strikes by bigoted individuals and when enough of them have caught on they will just let them starve. Maybe the tea party will co-opt this tactic.

  15. 15
    Doug Little

    Meanwhile, isn’t it a bad idea to thrown greasy, spicy pizza at a digestive system that’s had nothing but water for 2 weeks? Has the man never heard of tomato soup?

    If he is not reintroducing calories in a controlled way he has Refeeding Syndrome to look forward to. I’ll assume without reading too deeply that eating pizza is probably not a good way to go. Either that or he was lying about fasting all along.

  16. 16
    democommie

    @15:

    Yeah, I suspect that his fasting is a lot like his praying–only in public.

  17. 17
    timberwoof

    I think it should be a message to Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Peter LaBarbera, Scott Lively and so forth that their message is getting through and inspiring people to take drastic action. If this guy were to starve himself to death, it would be seen as another example of how mean gay people are: not willing to give up some so-called freedoms so that others may live.

  18. 18
    julial

    Threatening self injury for political purposes has a storied and respected heritage.
    See the historical documentary of Rock Ridge.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDxzIuhTROU&t=2m56s

    “Hold it! The next man makes a move… “

  19. 19
    leonardschneider

    Instead of trying to imitate Gandhi, maybe Meacham should look to Thich Quang Duc as an inspiration. I’ll bring the marshmallows.

  20. 20
    stripeycat

    @ 10 It works well to attract public and media attention if the person/group going on hunger-strike is charismatic and sympathetic to the audience.
    @ 13, 15 Refeeding syndrome will be a problem whatever he eats, although low carbs can help, as can high phosphates. There’s a reason traditional nursing foods are things like poached chicken or fish, beef tea, milk possets, yoghurt, and small portions of starches only. Ideally, he should be in hospital undergoing regular blood work if he really has fasted for a fortnight. The gut discomfort/vomiting/diorrhea thing is a seperate issue, best met with small portions of bland, plain foods. Pizza is epic fail on both counts.

  21. 21
    Marcus Ranum

    I support this.

    The idea of a hunger strike is to motivate those who are opposed to speak up. Let ‘im lose some weight.

  22. 22
    Ichthyic

    I thought they got rid of the filibuster?

  23. 23
    Ichthyic

    Instead of trying to imitate Gandhi, maybe Meacham should look to Thich Quang Duc as an inspiration. I’ll bring the marshmallows.

    meh. marshmallows cooked over accelerant always have that kerosene flavor.

  24. 24
    Ichthyic

    He really should do something more effective. Like threaten to leave the country for a more Mormon friendly place

    or Uganda.

  25. 25
    dingojack

    If this decision is appealed successfully will he go back on hunger strike?
    If so, please let’s do the right thing here and organise a party of oiled-up muscle-men (clad only in ‘assless’ leather chaps) to lasciviously eat Twinkies, pizza subs (and other penile-shaped foods) right in front of him.
    It’s the humane thing to do.
    Dingo

  26. 26
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    There are causes that may be worth going on a hunger strike for. If it’s the only way you think you can prevent a great injustice, it’s certainly worth considering.

    That’s kind of the issue; as far as these morons are concerned, marriage equality is a great injustice. Let the fucker starve if he wants to, though it will sadden me, soppy liberal that I am. He’s killing himself in the name of ignorance.

  27. 27
    dingojack

    Just a slight detour….
    Thumper – I’ve always wanted to ask, what’s your secret?
    I mean I don’t have the room to breed tokens anyway, but I’ve heard you’ve got to get the male/female balance just right otherwise nada (unlike bloody coat hangers).
    :) Dingo

  28. 28
    dalbryn

    Next week someone in Oklahoma will threaten to hold their breath until Obama admits that he was born in Kenya.

  29. 29
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @dingojack

    Well, tokens come in two varieties, red and blue. The trick is to get two tokens…

    Lol, no. I went and visited a friend of mine in Manchester and a group of us went out drinking, and at some point during the night it emerged I was the only straight person in the group. So the drunken joke that seemed hilarious at the time was that I was the token breeder; and much laughter was had at this reversal of stereotypical straight/gay reltionships. And it was still funny the next day, so I changed my ‘nym :)

    Hang on, are you saying that to breed coat hangers you need to get the male/female balance wrong?

  30. 30
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Hah! Hang on! Coat hangers! I’ll get my coat…

  31. 31
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    FFS, that’s two unintentional puns in as many posts…

  32. 32
    dingojack

    Thumper – “Hang on, are you saying that to breed coat hangers you need to get the male/female balance wrong?”

    Nah you just need to get your hood adjusted properly and calculate the weight/drop ratio correctly.
    ;) Dingo

  33. 33
    stripeycat

    I always assumed coathangers bud like yeast. The cheap, nasty wire sorts are the fastest reproducers, and useful one like shaped wood or skirt clips are very slow indeed.

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