California officials may be forced to allow a group pushing an initiative advocating execution for gays and lesbians to start gathering signatures put the measure on the ballot.
California lawyer Matt McLaughlin is behind the proposed "Sodomite Suppression Act." It requires anyone who touches a person of the same gender for sexual gratification to be executed by "bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."
The proposal also provides a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who advocates LGBT rights to an audience containing minors. Those people would also be permanently expelled from the state.
SF Gate says although the proposition is blatantly unconstitutional, Attorney General Kamala Harris may be forced to let organizers start gathering the 365,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.
Once the sponsor has paid the required fee, state law directs the attorney general to prepare a title and a maximum 100-word summary of the initiative and forward it to the secretary of state for a 90-day period of public signature-gathering. The secretary of state’s website says Harris is scheduled to take those actions by about May 4.
“The statute is clear: that the office has to prepare a summary provided the proponents have paid $200 and followed the right procedures,” said attorney Robert Stern, author of the state’s 1974 Political Reform Act. He said he’s never heard of a case in which the attorney general refused to issue a title and summary.
McLaughlin previously backed an initiative to make the King James Bible a literature textbook in California's public schools.