California Attorney General Kamala Harris is reportedly seeking permission to throw out the controversial Sodomite Suppression Act, otherwise known as the ‘Shoot The Gays’ initiative.
The shocking proposition was received by the Attorney General’s office on Feb. 26, in the form of an envelope that included a check for the $200 filing fee and a complete explanation of the initiative. The bill’s backer, Matt McLoughlin, outlined measures that would be taken towards those who engage in same-sex relations. McLoughlin described homosexuality as “a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.”
McLoughlin’s bill called for the execution of gays with “bullets to the head,” as well as 10 years in prison and expulsion from the state of California for anyone who advocates for gay rights.
Attorney General Harris released a statement asking for the bill to be tossed.
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“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,” she wrote. “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.”
Harris is seeking permission to dismiss the proposal due to the fact that she is bound by law to prepare a title and summary of McLoughlin’s initiative because he paid the filing fee by the February deadline. Arizona State University’s Joe Mathews, among many others, advocated for the state’s legal system to be amended to allow the Attorney General to make a “human rights exception” in regard to propositions such as McLoughlin’s – arguing that such initiatives “attack the integrity of the ballot initiative process.”
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