US: California activist files ballot initiative to execute all gays

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A Christian activist in California has filed a proposed ballot measure to create a ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’ that would punish homosexuality with death.

The measure was filed with the California Attorney General’s office by a man identified as Matt McLaughlin.

It claims: “The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.

“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, 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 by any other convenient method.

In a provision echoing Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law, it continues “No person shall distribute, perform, or transmit sodomistic propaganda directly or indirectly by any means to any person under the age of majority.

“Sodomistic propaganda is defined as anything aimed at creating an interest in or an acceptance of human sexual relations other than between a man and a woman. Every offender shall be fined $1 million per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 10 years, and/or expelled from the boundaries of the state of California for up to life.

“No person shall serve in any public office, nor serve in public employment, nor enjoy any public benefit, who is a sodomite or who espouses sodomistic propaganda or who belongs to any group that does.”

The provisions suggested in the initiative violates the US Constitution in a number of ways.

Even if the initiative was deemed constitutional, Mr McLaughlin would have to gather signatures from 5% of the voters in California – which is around 350,000 people.