March 21, 2015 10:00 am -

[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Attorney General Kamala Harris may have no choice but to put this despicable piece of garbage on the ballot.

Matt McLaughlin, a lawyer from Huntington Beach in Orange County, paid his $200 filing fee Feb. 26 to submit the “Sodomite Suppression Act” to the voters. Declaring it is “better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath,” it would require that anyone who touches a person of the same gender for sexual gratification be put to death by “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

The measure would also make it a crime, punishable by 10 years in prison and permanent expulsion from the state, to advocate gay rights to an audience that includes minors. It specifies that its constitutionality can be judged only by a state Supreme Court that has been purged of LGBT justices and their advocates. And it authorizes private citizens to step in as executioners if the state fails to act within a year. Another provision would require that the text of the initiative be posted prominently in every public school classroom.

…McLaughlin’s measure is currently before Harris, whose options appear to be limited. Once the sponsor has paid the required fee, state law directs the attorney general to prepare a title and a maximum 100-word summary of the initiative and forward it to the secretary of state for a 90-day period of public signature-gathering. The secretary of state’s website says Harris is scheduled to take those actions by about May 4.

Does she have the power to refuse if the measure is patently unconstitutional? Harris isn’t saying; her office did not return repeated phone calls. But some veteran practitioners of election law said they don’t think so.

“The statute is clear: that the office has to prepare a summary provided the proponents have paid $200 and followed the right procedures,” said attorney Robert Stern, author of the state’s 1974 Political Reform Act. He said he’s never heard of a case in which the attorney general refused to issue a title and summary.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to ‘Shoot The Gays’ Measure Possibly Headed For California Ballot

  1. bluejayray March 21st, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    The guy’s a lawyer? Right–from one of Pat Robertson’s idiot factories. It would seem that submissions like this should be tossed out since they are unconstitutional on the face of it. I’m also surprised that he didn’t need to submit a whole lot of signatures on a petition.

    • Cin5456 March 21st, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I’m surprised too. What ever happened to a petitioner submitting signatures instead of the AG collecting signatures? It would be interesting to see what would happen if this guy went door to door explaining his proposal at each home or office. How long would he last without getting is teeth bashed in?

      • bluejayray March 22nd, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        I like having that image in my head–I hope he starts in San Francisco in the Castro district.

        • Cin5456 March 24th, 2015 at 1:10 am

          He probably has no idea how many gays, or parents and friends of gays, are average constituents in every district. It would happen anywhere, not just the Castro district. But it would be very interesting (hilarious) if he started there.

          • bluejayray March 24th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

            It boggles the mind. There are people who have never (knowingly) met a gay person who never the less think that it’s wrong to shoot them on sight… I find evangelicals icky–is it OK for me to shoot them or stone them to death? Oh wait–then they’d be martyrs…

  2. fahvel March 21st, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    ma chere chere amie a dit, “this guy should be shot!” Moi, I think it would not last long enough – possible a hand driven old time meat grinder starting at the big toe after the tongue has been removed. But seriously, is this what you have with law degrees in the usa? If so, may the god of all gods keep you far far from the rest of the planet.

  3. jybarz March 21st, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

    Too easy.

    The LGBT community should also organize and submit similar proposal to the State’s Attorney General for forwarding to the State’s Secretary of State:

    “Anti-Hating Bigot Act”.

    Declaring it is “better that
    hating bigoted offender or offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by such offender’s or offenders’ wrath,” it would require that anyone whose deeds and words offend & harm or cause others to offend & harm a person or persons due to that person’s or persons’ race, sexual orientation, religion, creed, belief or opinion be put to death by “bullets to
    the head or by any other convenient method.”

    I think it’s going to be great fun watching the bastard’s reaction if this is done too.

  4. cecilia March 21st, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    It specifies that its constitutionality can be judged only by a state Supreme Court that has been purged of LGBT justices and their advocates.

    so he realizes his BS idea is unconstitutional and won’t be accepted by reasonable people.

    • Red Mann March 21st, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      But it will be accepted by too many unreasonable people.

      • cecilia March 21st, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        do you really think there are THAT many bigots in America?

        • Red Mann March 21st, 2015 at 4:25 pm

          Judging by the comments on RW sites and some people I know, there are more than a few.

          • cecilia March 21st, 2015 at 4:49 pm

            empty barrels make the most noise

  5. Cin5456 March 21st, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    She may have to do her job. That doesn’t mean she has to like it. How about a countermeasure that calls for McLaughlin to be shot on site for being a homicidal homophobe. And anyone who signs the petition should have their guns confiscated for being a threat to society.

    • Roctuna March 21st, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      I don’t know about shot on sight but how about arrested on sight for mass death threats? A good lawyer, as opposed to this nutjob, could possibly make something like that stick.

  6. Barry Shitpeas March 21st, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    If this has to go on the ballot, it should be written in the From Cartoon Blocks font, and presented in a clown suit.

  7. Snick1946 March 21st, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Mark my words- if this makes it onto the ballot it will get a million votes, or at least a frightening amount.

    • whatthe46 March 21st, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      these people spend wayyyy toooooo much time thinking about gays. seriously.

  8. bhil March 21st, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Yes indeed bring back human sacrifice to appease the gods,

  9. Suzanne McFly March 22nd, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Does he know this measure will not change who he really is. Those are not demons in your head Matt, it is your sexual preference and you were born with it just like your eye color. Embrace it and end your self hate.