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.
[Your Name Here]
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