Trestin Meacham, the Utah resident who started fasting when a federal court struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, on Monday started celebrating the Supreme Court’s stay order on gay marriage with pizza.
I’ve been disappointed with the lack of pizza people have sent (only 1) Please feel free to send more today.
— Trestin Meacham (@TrestinMeacham1) January 6, 2014
Meacham believes that the state of Utah can nullify a federal court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage in Utah by not following the ruling and refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
“Jefferson made clear that the courts are not the supreme arbitrators of what is and what is not constitutional. The states also have power,” Meacham told ABC 4 Utah.
Meacham stopped eating on Dec. 21, when the court first issued a ruling, hoping that his actions would be noticed.
“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,” he told ABC 4 Utah.
He started a blog to track his fast, on which he wrote that he does not hate gay people, but believes that the government requiring states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates religious freedom.
“This 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 wrote on his blog. “This is about religious freedom, and an out of control federal government.”
Image via TrestinFast.blogspot.com