While California Attorney General Kamala Harris goes to court in an attempt to quash the Sodomite Suppression Act, others are mocking that proposed gay death penalty referendum with ballot measures of their own. Last week saw the filing of the Jackass Suppression Act and this week we get the Shellfish Suppression Act. Via All Gov California:
Joe Decker of San Jose just missed filing his request with the AG’s office on April Fool’s Day, but his April 2 submission and a check for $200 earns him a chance to watch the candidate for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat in 2016 explain his initiative in less than 100 words. Decker’s initiative begins with this pronouncement: “Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.”
The Sodomite initiative invokes homosexuality as a “monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress.” That law would require that “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or any other convenient method.”
Decker’s initiative does not seek such a harsh penalty. He wants the law amended so, “Any person who willingly consumes or sells shellfish is guilty of a felony, and shall be fined $666 thousand per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.” A violation would be considered a “serious felony” under Subdivision (c) of California Penal Code, Section 1192.7.
Like the author of the Sodomite Act, Orange County attorney Matthew McLaughlin, not much is known about Decker. He listed his address on his submission to the AG as 1702-L Meridian Avenue, San Jose, which appears to be a UPS store in a strip mall. But he seems to have a better sense of humor than his mentor from afar and is less demanding. While McLaughlin, a lawyer, wants his law posted in every classroom for educational purposes, Decker does not demand his be posted in restaurants and seafood shops.
I’m betting that we see more of these.