An initiative petition calling for the execution of gays and lesbians is frustrating California Attorney General Kamala Harris who does not want to process the citizen-proposed anti-gay ballot measure that calls for executing gays with “bullets to the head.”
Earlier this week, Harris asked a state court to allow her to refuse to process the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” a virulently anti-gay (and likely unconstitutional) initiative petition filed last month with the Attorney General’s office.
The despicable ballot measure was proposed and named by a secretive Huntington Beach attorney named Matthew McLaughlin.
The problem is that the heinous anti-gay petition initiative was submitted in proper form, and has met all legal requirements for circulation.
Harris has asked the court for an order so that she will not be required to issue a title and ballot summary for the proposal. If circulated, the measure could get on the ballot if sponsors were able to collect the required 365,000 valid signatures.
The “Sodomite Suppression Act” would require that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death.
The initiative, filed on Feb. 24, 2015, states:
a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.
b) 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.
Religious News Service reports Harris said that without the court order she would be compelled by law to proceed with the measure, which would authorize the killing of gays and lesbians in the state.In a statement, a frustrated Harris said the ballot measure:
not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible and has no place in a civil society.
If the court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.
Speaking of the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” Donald Bentz, executive director for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, said:
It’s terrifying and almost laughable in the same breath. It’s a little scary that that actually could happen and if it does get to the ballot, the firestorm that this is going to create and the hate crimes that could result from that.
In addition to the death penalty for gays and lesbians, the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” calls for anyone who “distributes, performs, or transmits any sodomistic propaganda” to be fined up to $1 million, imprisoned for up to ten years, and banished from the state.
The law would also ban all “sodomites,” and those who “promote sodomy,” from holding political office, being employed in a public-sector job, or receiving any government benefits.
To say Harris is “frustrated” with the outrageous initiative is probably an understatement. The fact that such an obscene initiative petition may actually be circulated should be of grave concern to all the citizens of California, and the nation.