CALIFORNIAN lawyer Matt McLaughlin’s proposal of the Sodomite Suppression Act to legalise the killing of gay and lesbian residents must now be circulated after he paid the fee to have the bill lodged.
McLaughlin has paid the $200 filing fee for the proposed bill that seeks to allow “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”.
State law also directs the attorney general to prepare a title and a maximum 100-word summary of the bill and forward it to the secretary of state for a 90-day period of public signature-gathering.
While there is no legal way for state officials to stop McLaughlin lodging and paying the fee for the proposal, he would still need to gather almost 366,000 signatures in the 90-day period before it could be debated by state parliamentarians.
“It’s better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath,” McLaughlin declared in his proposal.
His proposed bill would also make it a crime to support LGBTI rights, punishable by a $1 million fine and up to 10 years in prison and expulsion from California.
By law, Attorney General Kamala Harris is now scheduled to prepare the title and summary by May 4.
However, the Supreme Court can step in and prevent measures that violate the Californian Constitution from reaching the ballot.
LGBTI member and state senator Ricardo Lara has condemned the measure.
“I support freedom of speech, but calling for state-sanctioned execution of a protected class calls into question the proponent’s character and judgment,” Lara said in a statement.
Lara and five other LGBTI members of the legislature filed a formal complaint with the state bar against McLaughlin on the grounds that attorneys are supposed to demonstrate “good moral character”.
Meanwhile, in response to McLaughlin’s proposed bill, Californian activist Charlotte Laws has crafted a response: the Intolerant Jackass Act.
“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,” Laws’ counter-proposal read, according to The Advocate.
“In addition, the offender or ‘Intolerant Jackass’ must donate $5000 to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization.”