John M. Becker

Christian Lawyer Proposes 'Kill the Gays' Law in CA

Filed By John M. Becker | March 03, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: ballot initiatives, California, Christian love, Christianists, citizen initiative, Kill the Gays bill, sodomy, wingnuts

firing-squad-execution.jpgA lawyer and radical Christian activist from Orange County, California recently submitted a ballot initiative to the state that calls for anyone engaging in sodomy to be put to death "by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method." He calls it the "Sodomite Suppression Act."

The San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports:

Matt McLaughlin, 45, who listed his business address as 19744 Beach Blvd., No. 219 in the Newland Shopping Center in Huntington Beach, CA 92648, filed his notice in late February and it was marked as received on Feb. 26 by the Initiative Coordinator in the California Attorney General's Office.

McLaughlin proposes to kill "sodomites" to prevent God's "utter destruction" a la Sodom and Gomorrah.

Furthermore, McLaughlin taps into Russian and Ugandan lingo in seeking to ban "sodomistic propaganda" and would fine offenders $1 million per occurrence and/or up to 10 years in prison and/or banishment for life from California.

The full text of McLaughlin's proposed "Sodomite Suppression Act" is after the break.

Matt McLaughlin wants to amend the California penal code as follows:

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 [sic].

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.

c) No person shall distribute, perform, or transmit sodomistic propaganda directly or indirectly by any means to any person under the age of majority. Sodomistic propaganda is defined as anything aimed at creating an interest in or an acceptance of human sexual relations other than between a man and a woman. Every offender shall be fined $1 million per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 10 years, and/or expelled from the boundaries of the state of California for up to life.

d) No person shall serve in any public office, nor serve in public employment, nor enjoy any public benefit, who is a sodomite or who espouses sodomistic propaganda or who belongs to any group that does.

e) This law is effective immediately and shall not be rendered ineffective nor invalidated by any court, state or federal, until heard by a quorum of the Supreme Court of California consisting only of judges who are neither sodomites nor subject to disqualification hereunder.

f) The state has an affirmative duty to defend and enforce this law as written, and every member of the public has standing to seek its enforcement and obtain reimbursement for all costs and attorney's fees in so doing, and further, should the state persist in inaction over 1 year after due notice, the general public is empowered and deputized to execute all the provisions hereunder extra-judicially, immune from any charge and indemnified by the state against any and all liability.

g) This law shall be known as "The Sodomite Suppression Act" and be numbered as section 39 in Title 3 of the Penal Code, pertaining to offences against the sovereignty of the state. The text shall be prominently posted in every public school classroom. All laws in conflict with this law are to that extent invalid.

Wonkette dug into McLaughlin's background, and he appears to be the same Matt McLaughlin who in 2004 tried to force an initiative onto the ballot that would have required the state's public schools to hand out Bibles to students.

But just like this deranged wingnut's previous effort, this latest one will fail -- after the required 30-day public review period, McLaughlin will have to collect over 365,000 signatures from registered California voters in order for the "Sodomite Suppression Act" to qualify for the ballot.

And even if, against all odds, he manages to meet the signature threshold, the measure isn't likely to pass muster in court: a federal judge struck down California's death penalty as unconstitutional last summer.

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