Former Constitution Party Utah State Senate candidate Trestin Meacham began a fast the day after District Judge Robert Shelby released his ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional. He is attempting to draw attention to what he says is an option for the state: Nullification.
“I cannot stand by and do nothing while this evil takes root in my home. Some things in life are worth sacrificing one’s heath 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. Never the less, I can do something that people in power cannot ignore,” the 35-year-old wrote in a blog explaining his intentions.
Nullification is a constitutional theory that states have ultimate authority in all matters, and not the federal government. Thomas Jefferson originally laid out the theory in 1798, which has been ruled unconstitutional under both Article III and Article VI in several Supreme Court cases.
Southern states attempted to use the nullification theory in the 1950s to prevent integration of schools. Ultra-conservatives are now trying to get states to use nullification to stop the Affordable Care Act.
Article VI of the Constitution provides what is called a “Supremacy Clause” that states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Meacham believes that District Court Judge Robert Shelby’s decision violates Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” He calls the decision an overreach by the federal government.
“It is time for the State to stop wasting time. Our so-called conservative lawmakers need to show some courage and stand against this judicial tyranny. They need to exert the will of the people,” Meacham wrote.
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.