California: Editorial Board Takes “Kill The Gays” Initiative To Task

California: Editorial Board Takes “Kill The Gays” Initiative To Task

A California lawyer has proposed a referendum initiative to legalize the killing of gays and lesbians via gun shot to the head.

Due to state law, the state attorney general now must come up with a title and summary for the initiative, even as the insanity of the idea hangs in the air.

The world has recently noticed the move, and as such, the state of California bears the shame of another idiot in it’s midst.

The Fresno Bee editorial board takes the issue to task today:

Delusional causes are no strangers to California’s initiative process. Outlawing divorce, criminalizing campaign lies, mandating Christmas caroling for public school children — all of these have been tried.

Usually, they fizzle out. But now comes Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin, who, regrettably, also is no stranger to California’s initiative process.

McLaughlin, who in 2004 tried and failed via the ballot to force public schools to use the Bible as a textbook, is now testing the limits of free speech — and tolerance — with a despicable ballot measure authorizing the murder of gays and lesbians, preferably with bullets.

The “Sodomite Suppression Act” is so reprehensible that the Legislature’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus has asked the State Bar to investigate McLaughlin’s fitness to practice law, and thousands have signed a petition to disbar him.


Meanwhile, Californians should channel their outrage. McLaughlin still needs 365,880 signatures to get this hate crime on the ballot, so don’t sign.

Then, next November, take a step that no one will regret: Show up at the polls.

These signature thresholds for initiatives are calculated according to turnout; the higher the participation, the harder it is for kooks and sociopaths to get traction.

Maybe this “Sodomite Suppression Act” would have stayed where it belongs, in the realm of delusion, if more of us had voted last time.