By Melanie Nathan, March 25, 2015
An intense backlash has developed against Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin, who wants to qualify a Ballot initiative calling for the murder of gays for the statewide ballot in November 2016.
“As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians. This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society. Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” 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.”
Many people including State Senator Mark Leno have called upon the California State Bar to disbar the lawyer for his offensive stance, some touting possible insanity.
The Attorney General clearly recognized the danger that even the mere seeking of signatures could cause for LGBT people. And many are in her court, wanting to stop this bill before it even gets to the signature-gathering phase on the grounds that it is offensive, inhumane, persecutory and probably unconstitutional.
Some want to change the initiative process so nothing like this can ever happen again.
McLaughlin probably could not gather the 365,880 signatures for the initiative anyway. But what makes this move by Harris critical is the hate mongering that the initiative could stir up, even amongst a mere few.
Perhaps that is why the draft of the proposed initiative has been removed from the State website – see screenshot below:
Here is Matt McLaughlin’s wording for his proposed legislation: