Taking a stand

Kamala Harris wants to block “kill the gays” initiative

Jim Wilson/The New York Times

California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced on Wednesday that she intends to block the beyond-controversial voter initiative that calls for the legalized execution of gay people, proposed by Huntington Beach lawyer Matt McLaughlin. Under California’s direct democracy, citizens can write petitions to propose new laws. Since Harris does not have the legal power to block it herself, she announced that she would ask the State Superior Court in Sacramento to relieve her of having to write the title and summary for the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” Harris, who is hoping to succeed Barbara Boxer as US Senator, released a statement saying: “It is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians. This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society.” Even in the unlikely case that McLaughlin would be able to collect the 365,880 signatures necessary to get the initiative on the November 2016 ballot, it would almost certainly be rejected by California voters. The mere idea of filing such a ridiculously hateful and violent initiative, however, has caused outrage among both legislators and the LGBT community, who are hoping to stop it dead in its tracks.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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