A former Arizona sheriff says gays in Utah “are shoving their agenda down our throats” and is calling for an “uprising” against same-sex marriage.
Speaking at a rally in Highland, Utah, on Saturday, Richard Mack — a former Graham County, Ariz., sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association — said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other elected leaders have failed at their jobs, and it’s up to law enforcement and everyday citizens to deny same-sex marriage.
“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 at the event, billed as a call for an uprising by opponents of same-sex marriage.
“The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,” Mack said.
Mack says that the federal government’s ruling doesn’t overrule Utah’s laws.
Mack is a two-time candidate for the U.S. Congress who in 1997 won a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
He spent eleven years with the Provo, Utah, police department.