'Sodomite Suppression Act' ballot proposal causes outrage in California

California Lawyer Files Ballot Initiative to Legalize Killing Gays
California Lawyer Files Ballot Initiative to Legalize Killing Gays

(KTXL) The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is a ballot initiative proposed the authorization of the killing of gays and lesbians with "bullets to the head" or "any other convenient method."

Its submission is rattling nerves in Sacramento and around the state.

"That's absolutely ridiculous. That's unacceptable. It's okay to differ and have different opinions and religious beliefs or whatever, but to actually execute somebody for that, that's ridiculously – absolutely ridiculous," said Sheba Thomas of Sacramento.

Thomas was one of many FOX40 spoke with that was outraged by what Huntington Beach lawyer Matthew McLaughlin hopes to accomplish with his planned initiative.

By submitting 200 dollars and an idea to Attorney General Kamala Harris, he's met the low threshold to require her to create a title and summary to get this plan moving toward the ballot.

One Sacramento political consultant out of town for a conference Thursday, Skyped with FOX40's Sonseeahray Tonsall about McLaughlin's idea.

Carol Dahmen's started a disbarment petition against McLaughlin on change.org.

"This was just so over the top with hate and this person is a lawyer. He's supposed to uphold the law and for him to file an initiative to legalize murder of innocent people, it was too much for me," said Dahmen.

So far about 4,000 people have signed on and she says the CA Bar Association is aware of the situation.