California Attorney General Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that she would try to scuttle a proposed ballot initiative mandating the execution of gay people.
“The Sodomite Suppression Act,” submitted by Orange County lawyer Matthew Gregory McLaughlin on Feb. 26, would legalize the killing of homosexuals via “a bullet to the head.”
While normal protocol would require Harris to review and summarize the potential ballot measure within 30 days, said she would be seeking authority from the Supreme Court to abort the measure.
“This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,” she said. “Today, I am filing an action for declaratory relief with the Court seeking judicial authorization for relief from the duty to prepare and issue the title and summary for the ‘Sodomite Suppression Act.'”
“If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.”
Legal experts have said that the attorney general will likely be forced to rubber stamp the initiative and allow circulation.
In order for it to appear on a ballot, however, McLaughlin would have to collect more than 365,000 signatures from Californian citizens. Even then, experts said the State Supreme Court would most likely quash the self-evidently unconstitutional measure.