“A shocking California ballot proposal that calls for gays and lesbians to be “put to death by bullets to the head” is triggering a widespread backlash for the author – while also raising questions about the state’s unique and sometimes-troublesome ballot initiative process.
“Orange County lawyer Matthew Gregory McLaughlin filed the “Sodomite Suppression Act” late last month with the state attorney general’s office. The initiative, which purports to give residents the authority to act as executioners, contains incendiary language that already is being called outright hate speech.
“The proposal reads: “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.”
“McLaughlin’s proposal also calls for banning gays – or “sodomites” – from holding public office. Those found guilty of spreading propaganda would be fined $1 million and/or thrown in jail for a decade. He or she could also be banned from California for life, under the proposal. Assemblymember Susan Eggman told FoxNews.com about McLaughlin’s ballot proposal: “It was not exactly a surprise, as we know bigotry of this kind persists, so much as exasperation that it would prove such a waste of state resources.”
“Eggman, a Democrat, says while the chances of the proposal even making it on the 2016 ballot are slim, the damage may already have been done. “This is hate speech, linked to a call to do harm,” she told FoxNews.com. “That’s not an abstract. LGBT people continue to be the targets of violence, here and around the world, and we have a responsibility to fight calls for more violence directed against us, and to ensure that LGBT youth who are still discovering themselves and their place in the world are assured that it is not only safe for them, but that they are warmly welcomed.”
Having heard of the proposal, the US Secretary of State Joe Biden spoke exclusively to Newslo, saying “I wish to God I they hadn’t told me about the ballot; and just when I thought Republicans stopped being a**holes and started acting normally.”
He furiously added: “Obviously, some people allow themselves to do such things and then expect to get away with them. I don’t know what McLaughlin was thinking, jeopardizing and spitting on the very principles of human liberties this great country was built on. So help me God, I will personally see to it that he gets disbarred. However, I find the fact that he is a Republican more troubling – everybody knows they get delusional from time to time. I just hope they manage to contain those delusions to an individual level.”