Christian lawyer wants proposal on California ballot to ‘shoot the gays’

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A California lawyer says he wants to legalize the execution of gay people, and there may be nothing the state’s attorney general can do to stop the proposal from moving forward.

Matt McLaughlin, an attorney in Huntington Beach, California, filed paperwork to bring his proposal, which would sanction the killing of gay and lesbian residents on the basis of their sexuality, before voters in November 2016.

The initiative, named the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, is awaiting further review by the office of the state attorney general, Kamala Harris, who does not appear to have the authority to block it. However, the measure is unlikely to reach voters, as the California supreme court can intervene to prevent measures that violate the state constitution from reaching the ballot.

The so-called “shoot the gays” proposal would mandate “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head, or by any other convenient method”. McLaughlin, a lawyer since 1998, declared in his proposal that it is “better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath”.

The initiative would also make it a crime to support gay rights, punishable by a $1m fine, up to 10 years in prison and expulsion from the state. It would be illegal to distribute “sodomistic propaganda” to “any person under the age of majority”. Being a “sodomite” or distributing “sodomistic propaganda” would disqualify a resident from serving in public office or public employment and from enjoying any public benefit…

This isn’t McLaughlin’s first controversial measure. In 2004, he tried to qualify an initiative…that would have added the King James Bible as a textbook in California public schools…

Aside from the fact he’s a scumbag of the first order, it could be interesting to see how large the idjit vote might be for a bigot-centered proposal like this. He might outpoll the Tea Party.

5 thoughts on “Christian lawyer wants proposal on California ballot to ‘shoot the gays’

  1. drugsandotherthings says:

    Well, it’s unlikely he will get the signatures required to place it on the ballot (been a long day so excuse me if I’m wrong but I think it’s 350,000 sigs or so). My guess is he is far more likely to loose his law license.

    But who knows- could get interesting. I could easily see some groups being willing to pay for the signature gathering of a proposal they know damn well will never become law, just to get the names of the dangerous idiots who would support such a thing….

    • Dueling banjos says:

      For what it might be worth it’s a misdemeanor under California state law (Section 18650 of the Elections Code) to knowingly or willfully allow the signatures on an initiative petition to be used for any purpose other than qualification of the proposed measure for the ballot. This prohibits using the names and addresses on petition sections for a mailing list for fundraising or any other purposes. As a general rule, initiative petitions, once filed with the county elections officials, are not public records and are not open to the general public for inspection. (Government Code section 6253.5.)

  2. Open Season says:

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of requesting a state court’s permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative that would make gay sex punishable by death. Harris called the measure “utterly reprehensible.”
    The move comes as California’s ballot initiative process — in which any resident can pay a $200 fee and gather a certain number of signatures — is called into question. If a proposed measure garners signatures equating to at least 5 percent of the number of votes for the governor in the last election, it must be placed on the state ballot.
    Dr. Moreau {Charles Laughton}: What is the law?
    Sayer of the Law {Bela Lugosi} : Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?
    Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?
    Dr. Moreau: What is the law?
    Sayer of the Law: Not to go on all fours, that is the law. Are we not men?
    Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?
    Dr. Moreau: What is the law?
    Sayer of the Law: Not to spill blood, that is the law. Are we not men?
    Beasts (in unison): Are we not men?
    “Island of Lost Souls” [1932]
    From H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Doctor Moreau” [1896].

  3. Update says:

    Yesterday the California Assembly approved a resolution which denounces the Sodomite Suppression Act, the proposed 2016 ballot measure to have all gay people put to death. The Assembly’s move is now moot as a Superior Court judge has approved Attorney General Kamala Harris’ request to strike the measure before petition signature gathering can begin. The court’s ruling comes despite the position taken by some legal experts who say ballot items cannot be challenged until after being approved by voters. In early May, Sodomite Suppression Act author Matt McLaughlin vowed to have a court force his item directly onto the ballot if he is not allowed to gather petition signatures.

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