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Meet Utah’s ‘Anti-Marxist Secessionist’ Who’s Been Fasting For Weeks To End Gay Marriage

by David Badash on January 3, 2014

in News

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Meet Trestin Meacham.

Meacham has been on a starvation diet since December 21, in an effort to end the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah. A Mormon, Meacham describes himself as an “anti-Marxist secessionist” who believes that states can merely decide to “nullify” any federal laws or rulings they don’t care to follow.

“The State can end this immediately with hardly any costs by simply nullifying the ruling!,” he writes on his Facebook page.

“Meacham claims he will fast until Utah decides to nullify the court’s decision — nullification being a theory that the states have authority in all matters, not the federal government,” the Huffington Post reports. “It is a theory that has reportedly been used previously in an attempt to prevent integration in the public school system in the 1950s.”

He says he’s lost 25 pounds and “will continue the fast until the State of Utah exercises its right of nullification. I will go without food or drink, but will continue to drink water, and take weekly vitamin supplements.”

Fortunately, Meacham’s fast — which he says he began the day after a federal judge declared Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional — “has nothing to do with hatred of a group of people.”

“I have friends and relatives who practice a homosexual lifestyle and I treat them with the same respect and kindness that I would anyone,” he writes on his blog. “This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government.”

Right Wing Watch calls Meacham “a libertarian-leaning Navy veteran who ran for the state senate in 2012 as a candidate for the far-right Constitution Party, which promotes biblical law.”

In his writings and postings he has demonstrated a commitment to the Tea Party’s notion that much of what the federal government does violates the Tenth Amendment. As a candidate, he argued:

For over a hundred years we have been drifting further and further from the government designed by our founders, to something more closely resembling the writings of Karl Marx.

Meacham claims federal courts decisions on gay marriage will lead to tyranny, ultimately forcing churches and LDS to officiate same-sex weddings:

I think an attack on freedom, an attack on the Constitution, affects everybody.  If a fed judge can throw out the Constitution and the will of the people then we’re really little better off than a Soviet satellite nation. Our freedom means nothing. They can do anything if they can do this.

In a 2011 comment on a story on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, he wrote, “Our schools have always been places for socialist indoctrinations. The public school system is the tenth plank of the Communist Manifesto.” An old YouTube channel apparently created while he was serving in Korea includes birther material.

Meacham also calls Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor “a known champion of the homosexual movement.”

Image via Trestin Meacham

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MiddleGrounds January 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Keep not eating! Keep it up and we won't have to worry about you at all!

MickeyPerry January 3, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Yup,my thoughts,exactly! Idiot! He'll be dead and we'll be married! Good trade-off!

DannyEVillage January 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

poor child needs a life.

Pompey50 January 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

If he was in the UK I would suggest sectioning him under the mental health act as he is clearly not fit to make any rational decisions. With luck and a bit more effort we won't have to listen to him for much longer.

Pompey50 January 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

How do these people think that giving the LGBT community equal rights destroys their religious freedom? If they mean the freedom to be a bigot well they still have that. Or do they mean the freedom to bully or oppress? They don't have that any-more in large parts of the world so maybe they do have a small point. But isn't bullying and oppressing someone because they are different or don't believe in the same things you do unchristian?

Gay people marrying will not effect a Christians right to believe in a sky fairy or anything else. Time they realised the world is moving on!

cipher January 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

He's portraying himself as nonviolent protester, but he's merely a child acting out.

Meh, one less fundie psychopath passing on his genes. Perhaps we should encourage all of them to follow suit.

Hugh101 January 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Well researched article. Trestin Meacham is a scary, 'Timothy McVeigh,' sort of character, the type of person that introduces extremist rhetoric and methods to achieve his non-negotiable demands. Mr. Meacham is apparently ready to end his own life while Mr. McVeigh wanted to end the lives of many – each promoting non-negotiable agendas to save the United States from the evils of Federal government mandates. It would appear that Mr. Meacham is a survivalist, a birther, and an “anti-Marxist secessionist.” Whatever that is. 'In his blog he writes, "The public school system is the tenth plank of the Communist Manifesto.”' Say again? He claims, "If a fed judge can throw out the Constitution and the will of the people then we’re really little better off than a Soviet satellite nation." Well, the Soviet Union is long gone but Russia has enacted exactly the kind of laws against gay propaganda that Mr. Meacham is a proponent of – perhaps he should move.
As for nullification, it's been done before, 'Governor George Wallace had vowed at his inauguration to defend "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever."' In 1963, Governor Wallace stood in the path of two black students in defiance of a court order. "President Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard", and that was the end of that. The only comment that seems appropriate to the nullification crowd is, "Make my day." As for Mr. Meacham, this is about freedom after all, and I am not prepared to sacrifice mine for his non-negotiable demands.

Heyim1also January 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Now if we could just get the rest to follow suit…..

SeanLiberty13 January 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Uneducated Nazi barbarian. Go ahead and end yourself Herr Meacham like your buddie Hitler did. Nobody cares about you, you worthless anti-American/anti-freedom piece of illiterate trash.

Robroberts2013 January 4, 2014 at 12:33 am

Perhaps the (probably closeted and confused) Mormon gentleman looks tired and emaciated. Some protein will help, perhaps we call all rally together and collect a gallon of sperm to replenish his soul.

piouscat January 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

Show me a picture of him when he looks like Gandhi and I'll believe it!

walterwart January 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Trestin: Stick to your guns! Don't let anyone tell you to eat!
Courts and Utah State Legislature: Please let this drag on for a few more months.

SimonFieno January 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Theocracy is unAmerican therefore 'Biblical Law" is unAmerican. Fast all you like; nothing will change that.

teeveedub January 4, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Looks like he could stand to miss a meal or two.

James_M_Martin January 5, 2014 at 1:40 am

Give him what he really wants. All it takes is a hammer, three railroad nails, and crosstimbers.

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