Earlier this month, California attorney Matthew G. McLaughlin, after filing the appropriate paperwork and submitting a $200 fee, began collecting signatures needed to put a measure before California voters. His proposal, which he calls the "Sodomite Suppression Act," would not only criminalize homosexuality but would punish homosexuals with the death sentence.
McLaughlin's initiative calls for the execution of gay people "by bullets to the head or any other conventional method." His reasoning (if you can call it that) is that he'd rather "sodomites" die than for everyone to die from God's wrath for tolerating such sinfulness as homosexuality.
The proposal goes on to say many more offensive things that are not worth repeating.
The good news? McLaughlin's ballot measure needs over 365,000 signatures from California voters before it would actually voted upon. There is little chance that this would happen.
Additionally, California state Senator Ricardo Lara from Los Angelos has requested that the California Bar Association review whether this Matthew McLaughlin, an attorney from Orange County, California, should even be permitted to practice law in the state. So there is a chance that McLaughlin will eventually be disbarred.
In the meantime, should we even pay attention to such people or initiatives? Perhaps it is important to spread awareness so that such hateful people do not gain momentum, or perhaps giving them such attention also gives them more power. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!