‘In­tol­er­ant’ act’s au­thor gets OK to col­lect signatures for bal­lot

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION & WORLD -

The so-called In­tol­er­ant Jack­ass Act is, so far, be­ing tol­er­ated by state of­fi­cials.

Cal­i­for­nia Sec­re­tary of State Alex Padilla an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the au­thor of the pro­posed ini­tia­tive may begin cir­cu­lat­ing the mea­sure and col­lect­ing signatures.

Char­lotte Laws, a Los An­ge­les ac­tivist, wrote the In­tol­er­ant Jack­ass Act in re­sponse to the Sodomite Sup­pres­sion Act, a pro­posed ini­tia­tive by Hunt­ing­ton Beach at­tor­ney Matthew McLaugh­lin that would au­tho­rize the killing of gays and les­bians. Laws’ ini­tia­tive would re­quire any­one who pro­poses mea­sures call­ing for the death of gay peo­ple to at­tend monthly sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing and to do­nate $5,000 to a “pro-gay or pro-les­bian or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

To get on the Novem­ber 2016 bal­lot, both McLaugh­lin and Laws would each have to col­lect more than 365,000 signatures in 180 days.

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