Anti- gay bal­lot pro­posal is halted

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Hai­ley Bran­son- Potts hai­ley. bran­son @ latimes. com

Say­ing that a pro­posed bal­lot mea­sure call­ing for the killing of gay peo­ple is “patently un­con­sti­tu­tional on its face,” a Sacra­mento County judge has ruled that the state at­tor­ney gen­eral can halt the pro­posal.

With the rul­ing, the so­called Sodomite Sup­pres­sion Act will not move for­ward to the sig­na­ture- gath­er­ing phase and can­not be placed on a fu­ture bal­lot. The pro­posal, sub­mit­ted by Hunt­ing­ton Beach at­tor­ney Matthew McLaugh­lin, sought to au­tho­rize the killing of gays and les­bians by “bul­lets to the head” or “any other con­ve­nient method.”

State Atty. Gen. Ka­mala D. Harris is re­quired by law to give all pro­posed bal­lot mea­sures a name and sum­mary be­fore they ad­vance to the sig­na­ture- gath­er­ing process. She asked the court to al­low her to es­sen­tially ig­nore McLaugh­lin’s pro­posal and stop it from ad­vanc­ing.

Sacra­mento County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Ray­mond M. Cadei granted that re­quest Mon­day. Re­quir­ing Harris to ad­vance the pro­posal “would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate, waste public re­sources, gen­er­ate un­nec­es­sary di­vi­sions among the public and tend to mis­lead the elec­torate,” Cadei wrote.

McLaugh­lin’s pro­posal has tested the lim­its of the state’s nor­mally lib­eral at­ti­tude on putting even the most ex­treme ideas on the bal­lot if enough sig­na­tures are col­lected.

For a fee of $ 200, he sub­mit­ted the pro­posal to Harris’ of­fice in Fe­bru­ary. To get on the Novem­ber 2016 bal­lot, the pro­posal would have had to re­ceive more than 365,000 sig­na­tures in 180 days.

McLaugh­lin has avoided media since his pro­posal be­came public. His pro­posal be­got another: the In­tol­er­ant Jack­ass Act by Wood­land Hills au­thor and ac­tivist Char­lotte Laws. It would re­quire any­one who pro­poses mea­sures call­ing for the death of gay peo­ple to at­tend sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing and do­nate $ 5,000 to a “pro- gay or pro- les­bian” group.

State of­fi­cials ear­lier this month said Laws may cir­cu­late it and be­gin col­lect­ing sig­na­tures. Laws said she prob­a­bly wouldn’t do so be­cause her goal was to “make fun of Matt McLaugh­lin” for his anti- gay mea­sure.

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