At Utah rally, sheriff calls for 'uprising against gay marriage'

Mon. January 6, 2014 8:27 AM by

Salt Lake City, UT - At a rally Saturday organized by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), opponents of gay marriage called for an "uprising" in Utah.

Richard Mack, a former Provo police officer and Graham County, Arizona sheriff, told the crowd that it was up to law enforcement and everyday citizens to restore the state's gay marriage ban.

"The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats," Mack told Salt Lake City's Fox 13.

According to Deseret News, about 200 people attended the meeting, which was held in the Highland Community Center.

"That's a lie," Mack said of federal law trumping state law. "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."

"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."

The meeting comes more than 2 weeks after a federal judge struck down Utah's gay marriage ban. A request for a stay in the order is currently before the Supreme Court.

(Related: Utah gay marriage plaintiffs ask Supreme Court to reject request for stay.)

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