Sodomite Suppression Act? Death penalty for being gay? A crazy ballot measure has been filed in California that would make “the abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy,” a capital offense.
According to reports, papers filed with the California Attorney General’s Office by a secretive Huntington Beach attorney calls for a proposed ballot initiative called “The Sodomite Suppression Act.”
The Sodomite Suppression Act would require 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.
Raw Story reports the law would also call for anyone who “distributes, performs, or transmits any sodomistic propaganda” to be fined $1 million and imprisoned for up to ten years for occurrence,” after which they would be cast from the state. Additionally, the law ban all sodomites, and those who promote sodomy, from holding political office.
Wonkette reports any California citizen can propose a statutory or constitutional initiative for the state ballot. In order for a statutory initiative to qualify for the ballot, the sponsor-citizen must file the text with the CA AG’s office, pay $200, and collect the number of signatures equal to five percent of the number of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election, which in this case is about 365,880 signatures.
Wonkette also reports that the secretive Huntington Beach attorney fronting the anti-gay ballot measure is Matt McLaughlin. This is not the first time McLaughlin has been behind a Biblically inspired legislative proposal. In 2004 McLaughlin sponsored The King James Bible as Textbook initiative, which would amend the California state Constitution to allow teachers to use the Bible in classroom instruction.
McLaughlin has paid the fee and submitted the appropriate paperwork, but it is hard to imagine the extreme anti-gay measure would ever garner enough signatures to make it onto the California ballot.