Back in February, a lawyer named Matt McLaughlin filed a ballot initiative with the California’s Department of Justice. The initiative, called the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” calls for the killing of gays that engage in sodomy.
According to the document that was received by the DOJ, McLaughlin states:
“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that 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.”
In June 2014, California’s death penalty was ruled unconstitutional by federal Judge Cormac J. Carney.
Citizens of the Golden State are now taking matters into their own hands and submitting ballots of their own– which is possible due to rules that allow residents to submit initiatives to be added to the ballot. It requires a $200 fee and the stipulation that it receives signatures from 5 percent of the state population.
One such act is the “Shellfish Suppression Act,” proposed by Joe Decker of San Jose.
He makes his case by stating that “shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad” It proposes that people caught eating or selling shellfish get a felony charge and be fined $666,000 and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
Charlotte Laws of Woodland Hills brought forth the “Intolerant Jackass Act” that suggests any anti-gay individuals be required to attend sensitivity training and donate to LGBT causes. She writes:
Any person, herein known as an “Intolerant Jackass,” who brings forth a ballot measure that suggests the killing of gays and/or lesbians, whether this measure is called the Sodomite Suppression Act or is known by some other name, shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months. In addition, the offender or “Intolerant Jackass” must donate $5000 to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization.
No word on what’s going on with McLaughlin’s proposal, though according to the Sacramento Bee, people are calling for an investigation of how fit McLaughlin is to practice law. There is a petition making rounds asking for the lawyer’s disbarment. “A lawyer such as Mr. McLaughlin who actively pursues creating laws that permit genocide has no business practicing law in California or any other state,” Carol Dahmen wrote on Change.org.