Lawyer Advocating Genocide of Gay People Should Lose Law License

Target: California bar association

Goal: Disbar attorney for advocating the legal genocide of gay people.

Every gay person in California could be gathered and killed in an effort to save the state from “God’s just wrath,” according to a proposed state initiative Orange County attorney Matthew McLaughlin is trying to put on the ballot. This is an absurd proposal that could inspire anti-gay violence. Demand that this lawyer be disbarred for this ridiculous and hateful initiative.

McLaughlin is currently collecting the 365,000 signatures required to get his initiative, called “The Sodomite Suppression Act,” on the ballot in the next California state election. The content of his initiative is astonishing. He argues that “sodomites” must be put to death in order to protect innocent Californians from the wrath of God, which will “inevitably” befall the state for society’s acceptance of gay people.

McLaughlin specifies that these executions must be carried out swiftly with “bullets to the head or any other convenient method,” and that anyone found guilty of distributing “sodomistic propaganda” would be fined $1 million and face 10 years in jail. And in case all of this sounds desperately illegal to you, he’s included in the initiative its very own failsafe: “This law is effective immediately and shall not be rendered ineffective or invalidated by any court, state or federal…”

This initiative is equal parts absurd and horrifying, and should never even see the light of day. Sign the petition below to demand that McLaughlin lose his license to practice law for this morally indefensible pursuit of genocide.


Dear California Bar Association,

I am writing you today regarding Orange County attorney Matthew McLaughlin’s proposed initiative, The Sodomite Suppression Act.

Suggesting that California must carry out a genocide should very clearly not be acceptable political discourse, but apparently that is lost on McLaughlin. His words encourage violence and put millions of people in danger. What if someone were to see the initiative, think to himself “Gosh, that’s actually a really good idea,” and decide to start executing “sodomists” right then and there? McLaughlin’s hatred, and the gratuitous violence with which he associates it, is disgusting.

I would like to think that Californians would have the sense not to give him the 365,000 signatures needed to put this initiative on the ballot, but regardless, the sponsor of the initiative should not have the right to continue practicing law. Lawyers have a professional obligation to uphold the law and to conduct themselves in a moral manner. I demand that you disbar this man for his apparent sponsorship of a legally indefensible and morally reprehensible ballot initiative.


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  1. Eileen. Murray says:

    Hitler is alive AND STILL EVIL

  2. Sue Lofthouse says:

    Christian terrorism? Shock! Horror!

  3. Gregory Louderback says:

    When someone passes the bar exam and then gets a license to practice law. They become an officer of the court in the state the license is issued in. If for any reason the individual no longer wishes to be associated with the courts, they have to surrender their license to practice. There are ways to get around this rule, but a public statement becomes public record.

  4. Ladies and gentlemen, we must be charitable in all things, this is obviously a poofter who only has a 1.5mm dick, and who has always been laughed at and rejected by any male he has ever approached to have coitus with, this has so deranged his mind, that he’s convinced himself that since he can’t find any males to pleasure, no one else should either!!

    BTW, I am forever puzzled, how the Christ I believe in, is so different as to how some of my fellow christians view him.

  5. The Bible says all sin is sin period. The old testament taught an eye for an eye But when Jesus was on earth he taught the law of love for one another, he said we will be judged as we judge others – it is not our place to judge – that is between God and the individual. Religious fanatics can do much harm, just because a person claims to be a christian doesn’t make it so. Actions speak much louder than words. We all have our freedom of choice but that doesn’t mean we have the right to say who should live or die. This lawyer is supposed to be protecting everyone’s rights not creating hardships for others. He needs to be legally stopped.

    • Well said Roberta! Jesus’ new world is centered around and rooted in love, and it is love for all. Only by love is love awakened. It cannot be done by threat, violence, or force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of Jesus’ new social order. Some have said, “The Kingdom of Christ is without coercion.” Love cannot be commanded. It cannot be won by show of authority. Only by a show of love can love awaken in the heart of another.

      This is the secret to understanding the liberating and healing work of the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus’ new world, under the reign of love, is biased toward the presently oppressed. It embraces, just as did Jesus, the currently marginalized and outcast even at personal cost. Jesus modeled for us what a world centered in love looks like. This is a world rooted in justice for all, not a retributive justice, but restorative justice which includes redemptive and transformative mercy, even for one’s enemies.

      When we begin looking through the radical lens of Jesus’ teachings, not only does “love” begin to define and shape everything we believe, but if you’re a theist, it revolutionizes even the way you look at your God. It affects, as well, the way you look at yourself and others. Jesus’ teachings ultimately impact the way we relate to everyone around us making the world a safer and more compassionate place for all.

      Two of my favorite statements within the four gospels by Jesus are these:

      “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free . . .” – Luke 4.18

      “For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but to heal the world through him.” – John 3.17

  6. Whether his motivation is Islam or Christianity, this man’s stance demonstrates the ethical deficiency of religion and its alleged revelation based morality. Is homophobic hate not a criminal offence in California?

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