Alan Colmes at Liberaland calls this initiative, “despicable.” I have no words to describe what has been submitted as the ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’, aka: ‘Shoot the gays’. The man (not pictured) behind this measure is calling for gays and lesbians to be “put to death by bullets to the head.”
Aw, he seems nice. I’m sure he has no repressed sexual feelings at all.
But Attorney General Kamala Harris is scheduled to clear it for circulation in May and she probably doesn’t have a choice in the matter. You see, 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.
SF Gate reports:
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….
But 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.
Lawyers are supposed to demonstrate “good moral character,” which includes respect for the rights of others, said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County). “I support freedom of speech,” he said, “but calling for state-sanctioned execution of a protected class calls into question the proponent’s character and judgment.”
There’s a good side to all of this: Highlighting the insanity of homophobes calling for the gay community to be shot can only be a plus for those supporting equality for all.
Also, my fabulously gay best friend is armed. She also used to be a boxer. Girlfriend is fierce.
She says, “Come at me, Bro.”
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