Californians counter proposed ‘Biblical’ anti-gay law with ‘Shellfish Suppression Act’

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Californians have responded to a Christian activist’s proposal for a law that would punish homosexuality with death – by calling for a ban on shellfish.

Christian activist Matt McLaughlin filed a ballot initiative in the state that would create a ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’ – which would instil ‘Biblical’ values by introducing the death penalty for homosexuality.

The law is based on Leviticus 20:13, which states: “If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death”.

However, pro-gay activist Joe Decker of San Jose has filed a counter-initiative based on the same part of the Bible – titled the ‘Shellfish Suppression Act‘.

Leviticus 11:12 states: “Whatsoever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.”

The proposed ‘Shellfish Suppression Act’ states: “Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.

“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.”

Another ballot initiative has been officially filed in the state in response to McLaughlin’s – the ‘Intolerant Jackass Act‘.

It states: “Any person, herein known as an ‘Intolerant Jackass’, who brings forth a ballot measure that suggests the killing of gays and/or lesbians, whether this measure is called the Sodomite Suppression Act or is known by some other name, shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months.”

Thankfully, none of the ballot initiatives are likely to make it to a vote in the state, as proponents have to gather signatures from 5% of voters – which is around 350,000 people.