Stupid anti-gay law will be considered in California thanks to stupid law about making laws
California lawyer Matthew McLaughlin has proposed a new bill, which he calls the Sodomite Suppression Act, that is truly remarkable for both its hatefulness and stupidity.
The law would make the spreading of “gay propaganda” illegal, with penalties including jail time and a $1 million fine. Oh, it would also require the execution of gay people by “bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.” But is that enough? McLaughlin certainly doesn’t think so. On the off chance the government isn’t rounding up gays for the firing squad quickly enough, any ordinary citizen will be allowed to carry out these killings.
Obviously this shit will never actually become law. First of all, it’s aggressively unconstitutional. Plus, it seems like we’ve finally reached a place in this country where openly advocating for the execution of gays and other minorities is generally frowned upon.
The problem though is that by law, since McLaughlin filed the proper paperwork and paid the request fee, Attorney General Kamala Harris has to allow the initiative to circulate for signatures. As the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out, “Once the sponsor has paid the required fee, state law directs the attorney general to prepare a title and a maximum 100-word summary of the initiative and forward it to the secretary of state for a 90-day period of public signature-gathering.”
The bill would need 366,000 signatures to show up on the state ballot, at which point the California Supreme Court would rule on whether or not it is constitutional, which again, it definitely isn’t.
On the bright side, California’s LGB Caucus is trying to get McLaughlin disbarred, since they feel his actions pretty clearly violate the State Bar requirement for lawyers to act in “good moral character.”
They really shouldn’t even have to present an argument to the Bar Association beyond pointing to a copy of the Sodomite Suppression Act, rolling their eyes, and just saying “come on.”