California Attorney-General Fights To Void Deadly Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

The far right’s war on the LGBT community took a variety of turns this week. Indiana’s Governor signed a law that confuses bigotry with religion.  Arkansas’ legislature passed a similar law on Friday.  A similar bill was tabled in Georgia. California’s Attorney-General is trying to void a ballot measure that seeks to kill all Gay people.

RFRA and “Super RFRA” laws are under consideration by state legislatures in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Texas West Virginia and Wyoming.

In an effort to stem broad condemnation of Indiana’s hate law, Mike Pence insisted

critics just don’t understand that refusing services to gay people isn’t about hatred, it’s really just about religious freedom.

If that’s true, why did the sponsor of a similar bill in Georgia table it upon passage of anti-discrimination provision by the House Judiciary Committee?

The bill was sailing through the legislative process.  When the anti-discrimination provision passed, the bill’s sponsor called for tabling it and got 16 votes to support the motion.

If these laws really are about “strongly held religious beliefs” and not about discrimination, then the inclusion of a non-discrimination protection shouldn’t have been cause to table the law.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned about the proliferation of efforts to disguise bigotry and  religious tyranny as freedom when she wrote her blistering dissent in the Hobby Lobby case.

Although the Court attempts to cabin its language to closely held corporations, its logic extends to corporations of any size, public or private. Little doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate.

As disturbing as these laws are, a ballot measure that California’s Attorney-General, Kamala Harris, asked a court to void is even more disturbing.


The so called Sodomite Suppression Act seeks to kill Gays and Lesbians “by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

Like proponents of RFRA laws,  Matt Mclaughlin hides behind religion to justify a mandate to kill gay people.

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.

As Harris told the Sacremento Bee, ”In this case, we are talking about a proposal that literally is calling for violence. It’s calling for vigilantism. It’s calling for the public to be able to shoot in the head a member of the LGBT community.”

As they hid behind religion to wage war on women’s reproductive rights, zealots on the far right are doing the same thing to legitimize discrimination.  Most of the focus has been on using RFRA laws to justify discrimination against Gay people.  That in itself gives cause to rise up against these laws. However, the danger of these laws doesn’t stop with homophobia.  Similar “reasoning” can be used to justify denying services to African-Americans, Jews, Muslims and women. Corporations and individuals can disguise all sorts of bigotry by calling it “their strongly held religious beliefs.”


There is nothing religious about hate or about mandating the mass killing of people belong to an identifiable group.  To suggest otherwise is sophistry at its worst.


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  • I posted a link about this several days ago.

    This initiative doesn't just advocate violence, it would, essentially, legalize murder in the state of California.

    Don't like somebody, just pop them in the head and claim they were gay. Don't even have to use the ol' Stand Your Ground excuse. Well, hey, Florida just might be able to finally get rid of George Zimmerman.

    This Matt Mclaughlin is an attorney and is, IMO, bat guano crazy. Someone in his sphere of influence should seriously think of having him committed.

  • If somebody came out with a law that said!
    Since Kamsa was warmed not to hurt the earth who is out mother and the true first person created under the true God! And since Homosexuals follow God's law instead of Kamsa's and since Christians who kill Homosexuals disobey God's law Any CHRISTIAN who kills a Homosexual should be shot!
    That would stop that law Dead In its tracks!

  • how this got enough signatures to get on the ballet i cant figure out. here in CA, you need many signatures so it must have been something fishy. now he should have done it in indiana or texas, they would love this law.

  • Before even getting to the First, Fifth, Sixth, or Fourteenth Amendments, this proposed law is void as a bill of attainder, prohibited to the federal government and the states alike.

  • This is a sick dude. Another good little chickenshit christian. Someone needs to post his picture on every block and make his life a living hell.

  • Doesn't California have a law regarding disbarring attorneys? Disbarring this bigot would not stop him but would at least cut his funds to propose so many horrible ballot initiatives. Here in Pennsylvania (which does not have voter initiatives) the Supreme Court has a board which regulates attorneys and judges. As inactive as the board is, it would probably take action in a case like this.

  • This type of hate bill is something the hate state of Texas would do.
    This was done in Orange County aka "behind the orange curtain", Crystal Cathedral country and is a republican ghetto but is becoming more purple everyday.

    Kamila Harris did what is right for the sane citizens of California.


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