Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

AG Harris rejects second ‘kill gays’ initiative

The anti-gay Orange County attorney who submitted the Sodomite Suppression Act for the November 2016 ballot that was rejected by a judge last week again attempted to submit a proposed constitutional amendment that would have done the same thing.

(Attorney General Kamala Harris. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(Attorney General Kamala Harris. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday rejected the proposal from attorney Matthew McLaughlin, according to the Sacramento Bee.

According to the paper, McLaughlin said that he purposely didn’t defend the first initiative, which would have amended the state’s penal code. The new proposal, dubbed the Sodomite Suppression Mandate, would have amended the state constitution and legalized the killing of gays and lesbians by “bullets to the head” or “any other convenient method.”

In a phone interview with the Bee, McLaughlin invoked the Bible as the reason he was proposing laws allowing people to kill gays.

“What I’m proposing is not murder,” McLaughlin told the paper. “I’m proposing the laws as they’ve ever been. The Bible doesn’t change.”

Harris didn’t waste any time in rejecting the measure. In a letter, she also returned McLaughlin’s $200 processing fee, the paper reported.

As the Bay Area Reporter reported this week, Harris called McLaughlin an “idiot” during her remarks at the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Pride Breakfast.

“Look at where we are – some idiot proposed a state initiative to allow gays to be killed,” Harris said at the June 28 event.

The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on the latest rejected measure. McLaughlin has not responded to requests for comment from the B.A.R.

— Cynthia Laird, July 2, 2015 @ 1:10 pm PST
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