CALIFORNIA: Gay Death Penalty Ballot Measure Removed from AG’s Website

Ten days ago Christian activist Matt McLaughlin filed a 2016 California ballot measure that would ask voters to approve the death penalty for homosexuality. McLaughlin’s “Sodomite Suppression Act” was viewable at the official website for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, but it has now been removed. I’ll update this post if we learn of the reason for its removal. Hit the first link above to read the text of McLaughlin’s bill, which called for executions to be carried out by “bullets to the head or any convenient manner.”

  • TommyTune

    Aw shucks. All those trips to gather stones for the stonings were for naught. What’s a Christianist to do? Self-examination? That’ll be the day.

    • Todd Allis

      They would make a lovely fire pit for a pity barbecue.

  • a la Tony Perkins

    Religious freedom is under attack! Mr. McLaughlin should have the freedom to live by his religious beliefs.

    { kidding of course }

    • If Tony comments at all, it’ll be a money-beg headline something like “California Bans Christian Beliefs!”, beginning, of course, with his usual Witty and Clever Pun.

  • bkmn

    I hope he gets the help he so sorely needs.

    • Rocketeer500

      Randy Thomasson will be his counselor.

      • Steverino

        I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if “Matt McLaughlin” is actually Thomasshole’s nom de plume.

    • barracks9

      Thanks, Reagan!

    • David in Palm Springs

      Perhaps a cleansing bullet to the head would help?

      • Todd20036

        Naw. It’d just go in one ear and out the other, none the worse for wear except for some caked on ear wax

        • BudClark


    • motordog

      I hope he gets hit by a bus.

      • Todd20036

        The bus would take more damage

      • BudClark


  • John P.

    McLaughlin is one fucked up individual. At least he wears his bigotry on his sleeve.

  • 2patricius2

    Matt McLaughlin – ISIS wannabe.

  • SunsetGay

    What’s wrong Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, and Republicans? Why aren’t you coming out in full force and defending one of your own? This is clearly homofascism at play. Chickenshits.

    • Lawerence Collins

      They never defend their own. I have hateful Linda Hasverys email. I’ve posed this to her a few times and she just pivots back and forth. Till we get full equality in every state these types will continue. even then it will just go underground

      • guest

        They will continue far after we get full equality, at least full equality on marriage. We have many more fights left.

  • Michael Smith

    Apparently any escaped mental patient can file a ballot measure in California.

    • Octavio

      That’s called “freedom.”

    • Steverino

      A fitting motto for the initiative and referendum process as it currently exists in the Golden State.

  • Canadian Observer

    You think, perhaps, that someone in the California government came to the conclusion that calling for the death of someone else might actually itself be illegal?

    • Perhaps, although death penalty initiatives have been on the California ballot before. Sounds like they found a reason … perhaps even its improper format.

  • Treg Brown

    “bullets to the head or any convenient manner.”

    We wouldn’t want anyone murdering people to be inconvenienced would we?

    • Todd20036

      Perish the thought. That’s why I sent in the suggestion to offer executions at Walmart. Stop, take a shot, then shop.

    • zhera

      Plenty of tall buildings in LA…

  • actually……i’d like to see this put up to a public vote. i’m genuinely curious to see how many people would vote for it.

    • BearEyes

      careful what you wish for. it might give people ideas.

    • Kevin G

      This was never qualified for the ballot, correct? It’d first have to get something like 500,000 signatures. It would scare me if even that amount was secured, and THEN how many people would vote for it in the general election

    • DonnaLee

      And have the votes kept in a public record, accessible by anyone.

  • motordog

    Mr. McLaughlin is more than welcome to come and try to get me…I mean, with his ‘lawd’ on his side, how can he lose? Though he should be warned…I WILL ‘stand my ground’, and I AM more than capable of defending myself.

  • Greg B.

    Not one high profile “pro-family” activist or organization (that I saw, anyway) denounced this proposed ballot measure. If one lesbian says her goal is eliminate marriage altogether, she’s speaking for all LGBT people. So does McLaughlin speak for every Christian? Waiting for NOM or FRC to say otherwise.

  • jomicur

    Your solution is simple, Matt boy. Just have Pat Robertson lay hands on the website and it will be healed. Praise Jesus!

  • BudClark

    Didn’t we have a discussion awhile back about things having to be PASSED before they can be declared unconstitutional? Although, in this case, it might be because the death penalty is illegal in California.

    • BearEyes

      Genocide should also be considered illegal.

    • sfbob

      The death penalty is currently legal in California. Executions in California are rare because the system is designed to make death sentences very difficult to carry out. On top of that, California’s judicial and penal systems are incredibly dysfunctional. Death row inmates in CA are far more likely to die of old age than they are to be executed. But the penalty does exist. In fact, in 1986 two state Supreme Court justices lost their reelection bids because they had ruled against the death penalty. To be sure that was almost 30 years ago but the state has had ample time since then to abolish the death penalty legislatively or by ballot measure and has declined to do so. Personally I’m opposed to the death penalty. I admit there are times when I might wish it on some unusually heinous individual but justice and anger are two separate phenomena which should rarely if ever be commingled.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s unconstitutional because it attempts to criminalize homosexuality. The penalty is not relevant.

  • MBear

    Wish it could/would stay up as further proof of animus.
    Then again, if it passed, perhaps a civilized country could adopt Amerikkka’s LGBTs to a create a more perfect, more fabulous country

  • Ninja0980

    Where is our concern troll to tell us only the big bad Muslims want us dead in this country?

  • sfbob

    I’d love to know the reason for its removal. Not that I’m sorry to see it go or anything. Quite the contrary; it would have been an embarrassment for the state had the proposed measure somehow qualified for the ballot.

  • RobynWatts

    Finally, somebody in the AG’s office woke up!

  • BobSF_94117

    Call me a stickler for the rules, but I hope this was taken down only because it failed to qualify for posting for some reason. I’d hate to see them take something down just because they didn’t like it.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s not a valid ballot initiative as it attempts to do something beyond California’s powers.

      • BobSF_94117

        That’s something that our system leaves to decide until after a ballot initiative passes.

  • ChadSF

    I hope this man has been reported and gets placed on the FBI watch list.

  • Michael Varian Daly

    I suspect this thing will never make to the ballot even if he gets enough signatures as it violates Due Process and is therefore not legitimate. That gives the AG legal cover to strike it off.

    Calling for the Death Penalty for convicted offenders is one thing. But since being Gay is not in violation of any California statues, the state cannot apply any penalty to someone who has not committed a crime.

    That’s just the Legal Argument for the courts as Batshittery is not necessarily illegal in and of itself.

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  • Jeff Yeley

    On the Attorney General page displaying PAGE NOT FOUND, go to Programs A-Z near top right corner of page and click on it. Go to “G-I” and click again. Scroll down to “Initiative Coordinator” and click. On right side of page click “Active Measures” beneath the Ballot Initiatives header. Initiative 15-0008 “Sodomite Suppression Act” is listed as “Active” with comments being accepted through 03/28/2015

    • Charlie

      I just went into the AG website and I did find the initiative as ACTIVE (initiative 15-008). Comments are being accepted regarding the bill (I added one requesting the Kamala Harris reject the initiative). Comments will also be forwarded to the proponent (Matt McLaughlin) . Anyone can add comments and they are anonymous (no personal info is requested such as email address, name, etc) so, everyone who wants to send a message to this idiot is free to do so.