Liberals who take California for granted each election as a safe blue state are in for a rude awaking, an extreme anti-gay initiative is very close to making the ballot in California. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the measure declares 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.”
A Southern California attorney, Matt McLaughlin of Orange County, is behind the ‘Shoot the Gays’ initiative. Officially known as the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, McLaughlin paid his $200 filing fee February 26 to submit to voters in the state. The San Francisco Chronicle has more details on this horrible measurement:
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.
McLaughlin needs to collect 365,000 valid signatures for it to make the California 2016 ballot. While he could possibly obtain the 365,000 valid signatures, it is almost guaranteed to fail in November and even if it would pass the courts would never uphold an extreme bill like this.
McLaughlin, a lawyer since 1998, tried to qualify an initiative in 2004 that would have added the King James Bible as a literature textbook in California public schools. He was quoted at the time as saying he was promoting classroom use of the Bible for its “rich use of the English language” and was not trying to indoctrinate students. He was unsuccessful in getting it on the ballot.
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