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Utah Marriage Opponents Call For “Uprising”

Jim Burroway

January 6th, 2014

Okay, if you thought the poor guy on a hunger strike was off his rocker, now we have a room full of people who got together on Saturday to call for an “uprising” against same-sex marriage in Utah. Former Graham County, Arizona, sheriff Richard Mack, a (thankfully) former officer of the law with almost no concept of how the U.S. Constitution works, saying things like this:

Mack says that the federal government’s ruling doesn’t overrule Utah’s laws.

“That’s a lie. That’s an absolute lie. We have a right to raise our kids without homosexuals being part of the Boy Scouts, the schools and teachers and doing everything. They can be all that, but don’t shove your agenda down my kid’s throat. We have a right to raise our kids how we want not how you want,” Mack said.

Mack and Eager urge citizens to call upon their local leaders because change will come from the bottom-up.

“The way you take back freedom in America is one county at a time. The sheriffs need to defend the county clerks in saying, ‘No, we’re not going to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals,’” Mack said.

Mack used the cramming-down-our-throats metaphor twice. I snickered twice. Don’t these people even listen to themselves when they speak?

Mack may be a clown, but he’s well known in nullification circles. After Graham County voters voted turned him out of office, Mack founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Law Enforcement Officers Association. He now goes around the country speaking to various militias, Tea Party groups, John Birch Society, and radical right talk radio arguing the supremacy of sheriffs over other law enforcement authorities, including (and perhaps especially) those of the federal government. The Southern Poverty Law Center profiled him in 2012.

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Lucrece
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

My, what a diverse group depicted in that meeting.

MattNYC
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

stay issued.

cowboy
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

Whew. I was busy trying to vet my last few boyfriends and pick a wedding band but I guess I have a little more time now.

Sir Andrew
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

“Don’t shove your agenda down our throats! It interferes with us shoving OUR agenda down YOUR throats.”

Nathaniel
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

“…take back freedom…” WTH? I missed the part where marriage equality infringed on a single one of his freedoms. I think he meant “… take AWAY freedoms from the newly freed homos…”

Ben in Oakland
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

Can you turn off the auto play, please?

Jim Burroway
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

It’s not autoplaying on any of my browsers.

Is anyone else having that problem? If so, what browswer/op system?

Ben In Oakland
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

Internet explorer 11, Windows 7 (I think).

Richard Rush
January 6th, 2014 | LINK

When someone calls for an uprising, what do you think of: greater participation in the democratic process, civil disobedience, peaceful protest, more financial support for (in this case) anti-gay organizations, or violence? I think it conjures up images that involve violence.

The word uprising seems carefully chosen to plant the seed of violent thoughts while allowing them to still be able to say, “how dare you accuse us of promoting violence,” in the event that some unstable person(s) commit violence.

Mindwitness
January 8th, 2014 | LINK

I’m not surprised to find that Burroway snickered. That’s how someone like him usually responds to anyone/anything that he dislikes or finds troubling. I hear it’s a sign of mental retardation.

Ben in Oakland
January 8th, 2014 | LINK

Sounds like sheriff Dick has discovered Box Turtle and has made himself known.

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