At an event billed as a call for an “uprising” Saturday, opponents of marriage equality in Utah said county sheriffs throughout the state should bar same-sex couples from marrying “one county at a time,” according to Fox13 News.
The event was held in Highland, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City, and featured a presentation on the U.S. Constitution by Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack.
Mack said Utah county sheriffs and everyday citizens should defend county clerks who wish to deny issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on such unions was unconstitutional on Dec. 20.
“The way you take back freedom in America is one county at a time,” he said. “The sheriffs need to defend the county clerks in saying, ‘No, we’re not going to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals.’”
Hundreds of same-sex couples have married since the ruling and attempts by state officials to halt the marriages has brought the question all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The people of Utah have rights too, not just the homosexuals,” Mack said. “The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats.”
Cherilyn Eager, a conservative blogger who helped promote the event, told Fox13 opponents of marriage equality should stand up “and get noisy,” she said. “We need some outrage.”
Meanwhile, Utah man Trestin Meacham has reached day 15 of a hunger strike in protest of allowing same-sex couples to marry and demands the state reject the federal court ruling.
“Activist judges are not going to solve this problem,” Meacham wrote on his blog. “As much as the State wants to shove a square peg in a round hole, it’s not going to work. The only way out of this mess is to do something that will work. The State has a way of ending this problem right now: The option of nullification.”
Meacham continues to live-tweet his hunger strike and said he is only consuming water and vitamins.