Trestin Meacham, Utah Man, On Hunger Strike To Halt Gay Marriage

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It seems like things may have reached a whole new level of crazy in Utah.

Trestin Meacham, a 35-year-old Utah man, is allegedly refusing to eat anything until the state nullifies its recent decision to allow same-sex couples to get married.

At the time the above video was released, Meacham had reportedly gone 12 days without food — surviving only on water and an occasional vitamin — and has lost 25 pounds.

“I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home," the 35-year-old reportedly wrote on his blog. "Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s health and even life if necessary. I am but a man, and do not have the money and power to make any noticeable influence in our corrupt system. Nevertheless, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore."

Written By: James Nichols
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64 COMMENTS

  1. In reply to Trestin Meacham:

    “I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.”

    I believe it’s a pretty safe assumption that even if “people in power” were aware of this guy’s existence, they would have absolutely no trouble ignoring him.

  2. It’s too bad that this is considered the pressing issue, rather than the thousands of children who die daily of preventable issues, or the women who are raped to “make them straight”, or the children who are tortured or killed in the name of God, or, I don’t know, a hundred other problems. But people wanting to be a part of a family… yeah, let’s stop that.

  3. I think the sad thing is that this Meacham guy probably is a good, decent person. He’s just had this goodness corrupted to such an extent that he views marriage equality as an evil. There are over two billion Christians in the world, apparently; imagine what could be achieved if all the energy they expend on the anti-gay, anti-women, anti-healthcare, anti-socialism, anti-Spongebob stuff could be harnessed for the benefit of mankind instead.

  4. “I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home,” the 35-year-old reportedly wrote on his blog. “Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s health and even life if necessary. I am but a man, and do not have the money and power to make any noticeable influence in our corrupt system. Nevertheless, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.”

    One less idiot in the world is no great loss, when thousands are being starved and killed in other parts of the world without being given a choice.

    • In reply to #9 by Richard01:

      Lets hope he keeps going…improve the gene pool?

      That’s three comments so far offering the view that this man deserves to die because of his political stance. I say it again: nice.

      • I don’t think they are offering that view. This man is saying: if you don’t maintain laws supporting my bigotry, I will kill myself.
        Posters above are (sometimes bluntly) saying they don’t care very much if he does kill himself. That’s not the same as saying people with his views deserve to die.

        In reply to #10 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #9 by Richard01:

        Lets hope he keeps going…improve the gene pool?

        That’s three comments so far offering the view that this man deserves to die because of his political stance. I say it again: nice.

        • In reply to #13 by Marktony:

          I don’t think they are offering that view. This man is saying: if you don’t maintain laws supporting my bigotry, I will kill myself.
          Posters above are (sometimes bluntly) saying they don’t care very much if he does kill himself. That’s not the same as saying people with his views deserve to die.

          Are you sure about that, Mark? “I do hope he carries it through to a slow and painful end.” That’s more than just saying they don’t care; this user is actively wishing for Trestin Meacham to die.

          “So starve yourself to death you fuckin moron (or mormon) nobody gives a shit for your bigotry!,” doesn’t sound apathetic to me.

          “Lets [sic] hope he keeps going…improve the gene pool?” Let us hope he keeps going.

          I’ll concede that Alan’s wasn’t as bad as the others.

          Other considerations aside, I would suggest the last thing the American homophobic lobby needs is a martyr for their cause.

          The dumbness at Richarddawkins.net is, as ever, a constant companion to the hatefulness.

          • No, I still see a difference there. They are cheering for him to be successful with his suicide bid. A bit like people shouting “jump” to someone threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a building – it is certainly hateful though.

            The dumbness at Richarddawkins.net is, as ever, a constant companion to the hatefulness.

            I hope not. I thought I had learnt a lot from this site. There are plenty of interesting articles and you (and others) have often given me something to think about.

            In reply to #16 by Katy Cordeth:

            In reply to #13 by Marktony:

            I don’t think they are offering that view. This man is saying: if you don’t maintain laws supporting my bigotry, I will kill myself.
            Posters above are (sometimes bluntly) saying they don’t care very much if he does kill himself. That’s not the same as saying people with…

          • In reply to #16 by Katy Cordeth:

            In reply to #13 by Marktony:

            I don’t think they are offering that view. This man is saying: if you don’t maintain laws supporting my bigotry, I will kill myself.
            Posters above are (sometimes bluntly) saying they don’t care very much if he does kill himself. That’s not the same as saying people with…

            I totally agree Katy that “the dumbness at richardawkins.net is, as ever, a constant companion to the hatefulness.”

            Perhaps that’s why the forum’s namesake isn’t posting here any more.

            I’m beginning to have second thoughts myself.

            S G

          • In reply to #48 by Stafford Gordon:

            beginning to have second thoughts myself

            Ah, that would be “doing a R.M.”. Still preaching about the bitter experience, he is.

          • In reply to #54 by bluebird:

            In reply to #48 by Stafford Gordon:

            beginning to have second thoughts myself

            Ah, that would be “doing a R.M.”. Still preaching about the bitter experience, he is.

            What’s an R. M.?

          • In reply to #56 by Stafford Gordon:

            In reply to #54 by bluebird:

            In reply to #48 by Stafford Gordon:

            beginning to have second thoughts myself

            Ah, that would be “doing a R.M.”. Still preaching about the bitter experience, he is.

            What’s an R. M.?

            Google Richard Morgan Dawkins. At least that’s mg guess.

            Michael

          • In reply to #56 by Stafford Gordon:
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            >

            What’s an R. M.?

            Who – a reference to a past user appalled at the ‘hatefulness’ on a certain thread, and left.

            “Doing an RM”, jumping ship, as numerous folk have done.

          • Maybe RD thought that the site had evolved such that he could focus more on other projects – he certainly seems to keep himself busy.
            Would you stop visiting the web site or just stop posting? What other sites would you recommend? You could become a New new atheist?

            In reply to #48 by Stafford Gordon:

            In reply to #16 by Katy Cordeth:

            In reply to #13 by Marktony:

            I don’t think they are offering that view. This man is saying: if you don’t maintain laws supporting my bigotry, I will kill myself.
            Posters above are (sometimes bluntly) saying they don’t care very much if he does kill himself. That’s…

      • In reply to #10 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #9 by Richard01:

        Lets hope he keeps going…improve the gene pool?

        He is an adult, he makes his choices. If he is stupid enough to engage in nonsense – his problem.
        He deserves what he serves himself.

        That’s three comments so far offering the view that this man deserves to die because of his political stance. I say it again: nice.

  5. “At the time the above video was released, Meacham had reportedly gone 12 days without food — surviving only on water and an occasional vitamin — and has lost 25 pounds.”

    At that rate he could be slimmer of the year.

  6. I wish him success in giving his health (if not his life) for a nonsensical cause. Of course that is all conjecture as he still has to manage the breaking down of his fanatical ideas by the natural pangs of hunger… hunger has been known to turn the most devout into gluttons (even without a strike).

    I was interested in his phraseology “I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home.” Is this just a figure of speech or does it signify a deeper dilemma “evil taking root in his home (or possibly himself).” The simple answer to gay marriage is for one to marry a person of the opposite sex (if one will have you). He isn’t even educated enough to know that the nullification of the law he seeks does not exist as a legal process. He will accomplish nothing… what a pathetic epithet, “I gave my life for god and nothing changed!”

    But look on the bright side… the scoreboard at the Roman Games… always ended with Lions 6.0 Christians 0.0… too bad those early believers didn’t bother to pay attention and learn.

    Perhaps the biblical injunction “go forth… be fruitful… and multiply” may simply mean be gay if you want but learn math. Any of us can take a string of words and add a meaning of our choosing and call it divine intuition but hopefully we would still know it was nonsense!

    • In reply to #14 by IBphree:

      He will accomplish nothing… what a pathetic epithet, “I gave my life for god and nothing changed!”

      I think you mean “epithaph“…

      Katy, I think the “hostile” remarks are a reflection of the frustration some folks feel when presented with stupidity on this scale. I doubt any of the posters seriously wants this dipthong to actually die a miserable death. It’s just a stronger way to say “OK, you want to do that stupid thing? Fine… suit yourself!”

      Steve

      • In reply to #29 by Agrajag:

        In reply to #14 by IBphree:

        He will accomplish nothing… what a pathetic epithet, “I gave my life for god and nothing changed!”

        I think you mean “epithaph”…

        Katy, I think the “hostile” remarks are a reflection of the frustration some folks feel when presented with stupidity on this scale. I do…epithaph

        epithaph – The word you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search bar above.

      • In reply to #29 by Agrajag:

        In reply to #14 by IBphree:

        He will accomplish nothing… what a pathetic epithet, “I gave my life for god and nothing changed!”

        I think you mean “epithaph”…

        Katy, I think the “hostile” remarks are a reflection of the frustration some folks feel when presented with stupidity on this scale. I do…We are both wrong finally found correct spelling “epitaph” – sorry!

  7. This is suicide.

    Since suicide is not a sin, at least not to an atheist, but a free choice one may make about one’s own life, I find it impossible to criticise his stance.

    Hopefully others will learn the meaning of “futile gesture” from his example.

  8. From the second link in the article:

    Meacham ran for election to the Utah State Senate, District 24, which covers much of Tooele, Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute and Wayne Counties as a Constitution Party candidate.

    “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries,” says the national party platform. The party is against any immigration law that offers amnesty to anyone currently in the country illegally and further wants a moratorium on any further immigration. It is against abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. They push an “English Only” agenda and oppose all pornography.

    The party is against same-sex marriage and believes the states should be able to criminalize sexual behaviors.

    With no Democrat running in the 2012 election, Meacham got 13.6 percent of the vote against GOP incumbent candidate Sen. Ralph Okerlund. He raised $100 in his campaign and self-funded $320.

    According to his blog, he has lost 25 pounds since he started his fast.

    He claims that “homosexual activists” are sending him “vile, hateful messages.”

    “The homosexual movement is less tolerant than the Nazis and if they had the power of the Nazis, I have no doubt they would not hesitate to march people of faith into ovens,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

  9. I would rather Trestin Meacham reconsidered the matter and called off his hungerstrike. He cannot reasonably expect lawmakers to change the law just to avert his threat of starving himself to death. He overestimates his own importance and in any case, if he dies, he dies because he kills himself – no-one else is in fact to blame. The lawmakers not only can ignore what he is doing, for the sake of the rule of law they must.

    So, diddums, Mr Meacham. Just get some sense into your head and reconsider.

  10. Meacham had reportedly gone 12 days without food — surviving only on water and an occasional vitamin — and has lost 25 pounds

    Can’t he see the silver lining to the cloud of same-sex marriage: weight loss. That’s over 11 kilos for those of us who can manage the metric system

  11. In reply to #29 by Agrajag:

    In reply to #14 by IBphree:

    He will accomplish nothing… what a pathetic epithet, “I gave my life for god and nothing changed!”

    I think you mean “epithaph”…

    Katy, I think the “hostile” remarks are a reflection of the frustration some folks feel when presented with stupidity on this scale. I do…

    I’m sure you’re right, Steve. Although I encounter stupid people on an almost daily basis and rarely do I express the view that they should die for, say, giving me a parking ticket when I don’t deserve it.

    I thought we weren’t supposed to feed the trolls, but I guess they can be tolerated and even encouraged if they’re on our side.

  12. Why don’t you just,… pray it away? Oh right, it’s not working.

    Nevertheless, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore.

    Well, we know where that kind of thinking leads to. Just don’t give these loonies gun licenses.

  13. I am 65, the inevitability of death is no longer something in the far future, the probabilty increases daily till it reaches within a relative short time 100%.
    So please, do not expect any sympathy from me because an idiot wants to throw his life away because he hates. I am not happy that he makes himself a martyr for an unjust cause, but I cannot feel sorry for the death of a hater.

  14. The worst thing about this whole debacle is that this Meacham chap and his supporters will likely claim that this self-aggrandizing ploy with living, “look at me”-type martyrdom is something that “the gays” did to him.

    • In reply to #34 by Matthew Lehman:

      The worst thing about this whole debacle is that this Meacham chap and his supporters will likely claim that this self-aggrandizing ploy with living, “look at me”-type martyrdom is something that “the gays” did to him

      Seems to me this martyrdom is not much different from the muslim variety, except for the collateral damage….

      • I would respectfully disagree and point out that there are significant differences between this man and your typical Islamic martyr. A suicide bomber may be many things, but washy-washy and uncommitted are not among them. If this hunger strike doesn’t work out, Meacham can just shrug and go back to his day job… and he knows it. The same option is not afforded a man who meets his fate fully expecting his gaggle of virgins and whatever other perks have been promised.

        In reply to #36 by afyuen:

        In reply to #34 by Matthew Lehman:

        The worst thing about this whole debacle is that this Meacham chap and his supporters will likely claim that this self-aggrandizing ploy with living, “look at me”-type martyrdom is something that “the gays” did to him

        Seems to me this martyrdom is not much differ…

  15. I don’t wish this guy death or anything, however it strikes me as curious that he chooses a hunger strike. Why not a thirst strike that would really put the pressure on he’d be death in days not months. I’m sure someone will pack him off to a hospital and shove an IV in at some point.

  16. What? Where’s his hair shirt and bloody cat-o-nine-tails? How come his knees aren’t all black and blue from genuflecting for hours at a time? Does he think some pussy hunger strike is going to get Gawd to take action when half a billion involuntarily starving children doesn’t? What better example of the bloated sense of entitlement of white American religionuts could there be? And all because he’s upset about who other people love and marry…but not about any of the real problems of Utahns or other Americans. Way to go, dork. Keep up that whiny persecution complex in the name of all that’s ridiculous and pathetic!

  17. Jesus Christ, a 33-year-old Nazareth man, is allegedly refusing to [...]

    Let’s face it, this is not the first time a Christian has decided to take one for the team. Our Utah man is simply following Divine Precedent; he is being very Christ-like.

  18. I don’t wish to be unfair, and of course I have no evidence, but I surmise that this chap is anally obsessed; he thinks same sex relationships are only physical.

    If he does think that it’s probably because of the guilt he feels about his own innate desires engendered by a blind faith upbringing; perhaps if he punishes himself God will forgive him his “evil” thoughts; he’s trying to pre-empt God’s wroth by beating himself up.

    Oh, I don’t know, it’s all far too silly!

  19. A homophobic bigot being slowly driven to suicide because he feels like the world spits on his very nature? I know I shouldn’t rejoice in the suffering of others but after the shit his ilk put so many homosexuals through I can’t help but feel like it’d be a bit of poetic justice if he died.

    Then I remember I’m better than that and hope he comes to his senses before his family loses a son/brother/father.

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    • In reply to #50 by Moderator:

      Moderators’ message

      May we remind users that this site is intended to be a place for thoughtful, intelligent discussion? If all you have are expressions of hatred or violence, please take them elsewhere or, better still, don’t post them at all.

      I estimate you have removed at least 10 messages from this discussion.Does that not tell you that your standards are incorrect.if 20% of posts do not comply,then you need to re-assess your standards.My comment (one of those removed) simply stated that if this man wants to starve himself in an attempt to force his bigotry on others,he is welcome to meet his imaginary maker at the earliest opportunity.If this is contrary to your arbitrary standards,you must give us clearer guidelines as to what is acceptable to you.VERY MUCH AS THIS MORMON MORON IS ATTEMPTING TO DO !!!!

  21. Cases like this are very sad.

    You are not sure whether he genuinely believes we will all go to hell because two people of the same sex wish to express their love for each other with a public commitment, or whether it is merely a case of mental illness, closet homosexuality or publicity seeking.

    Or more likely a mixture of all of the above – especially considering the agenda of the party he belongs to.

    Personally, I wish him no harm (despite the sick views of both he and the Constitution Party) and hope that either he or those around him realise that his gesture is both futile and divisive and manage to stop the insanity before it leads to an unnecessary loss of life.

  22. Can you loose 25lbs in twelve days on no food.
    I thought 1lb was the equivalent of 3500 calories.
    assuming he is hydrated and will not be doing much exercise it doesn’t stack up. i want his diet plan.

  23. Unfortunate. He certainly is an “attractive” man. Perhaps he has invested so much life into his security blanket, his closet, that when it is ripped from him in the form of acceptance of other gays, he is left vulnerable. He is left with two options: self acceptance or death. Religion poisons everything. Straight people with balanced lives do not threaten to end a “good thing.”

  24. One less idiot in the world is no great loss, when thousands are being starved and killed in other parts of the world without being given a choice.

    Unless there is something else going on….like he is actually gay. Then, we come to realize how potent, powerful and deadly a drug religion actually is. Why would a “straight” man with all the benefits of society want to kill himself? The threat is actually not real…unless the collective “closet” of the world is caving in and it has become more difficult to hide – even from himself. He needs massive therapy. My bet is that he is suffering from self-loathing.

  25. Never expect any logical thought from those who hang onto the god-superstition: they are 100% against euthanasia for the terminally ill but then attempt euthanasia by going on a hunger strike against same sex marriage.

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