Recall a while back a bigot native to California filed a proposal, along with the $200 filing fee, called the “Sodomite Suppression Act;” the ballot measure called for gays and lesbians to be shot in the head.
The law was filed by Huntington Beach attorney Matthew McLaughlin. His law calls for “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.”
So, typical right-wing Christian love.
There’s nothing the Attorney General could do, either; AG Kamala Harris is required by state law to prepare the initiative, which was filed properly, and froward the potential act to California’s secretary of state. Supporters need to collect 365,000 signatures to place the measure on a ballot.
Activist Charlotte Laws isn’t having any of this.
Deciding that she would fight fire with fire, she filed a completed measure with language that mirrors McLaughlin’s bill but, with some major distinctions: the act, called the “Intolerant Jackass Act,” mandates three hours of sensitivity training a month for 12 months and a $5,000 donation to an LGBT rights group for anyone who’s found to be an “intolerant jackass.”
And while Laws, who works as a community activist, is aware that it will never become law because it violates the First Amendment (see, look at that; the one chance Christians have to live their persecution fantasies and the legal system steps in and protects them), she said the measure is a “symbolic” one.
“We have a very open-minded state and country,” she said. “This is one guy, and there are millions of us who do not agree with this.”
[h/t and cover picture RS]