Conservatives stage 'uprising' demanding sheriffs 'take back' Utah from 'homosexuals'

On Saturday, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) organized what it called an "uprising" in Utah to protest a federal court's decision that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down the ban, then upheld his ruling three days later, leading Utah conservatives to take extreme measures to oppose it.

The CSPOA's "uprising" consisted of a meeting in which a standing-room only crowd of same-sex marriage opponents watched PowerPoint presentations about the federal government overstepping its authority. Organizers and speakers claim that Governor Gary Herbert has failed the people of Utah, and that it is up to the sheriff's to "take back" the state from "the homosexuals."

Former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack said that "[t]he people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats."

He claimed that the only way to "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.'"

One of the event's organizers, Cherilyn Eager, concurred, telling Fox 13 that "[w]e need people to stand up and speak out. We need to get noisy. We need some outrage. It is about the sheriffs now coming out to protect the people."

Watch a report on the event from Fox 13 below.