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Blasphemers, Usurers, and Sodomites, Oh My!

We at Wonkette like a little mystery from time to time, and if that mystery includes an elusive lawyer with almost no internet footprint who files a crazy ass ballot initiative in California once every 10 years, so much the better! At this point, we have put in somewhere between three minutes and sixteen hours of research on one Matt McLaughlin, of Huntington Beach, CA, who has filed with the California Attorney General’s Office a truly insane proposed ballot initiative that he has creatively titled “The Sodomite Suppression Act.” Since we have always secretly wanted to be A Private Investigator, we are delighted to thank tipster “Josh” for sending this our way!

McLaughlin’s initiative, filed on Feb. 24, 2015, is a real gem. It starts like this:

a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.

b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.

And there is so much more! Matt McLaughlin suggests a $1M fine and/or 10 years in jail AND/or expulsion from California for each instance of “sodomistic propoganda.” He specifies that “sodomites” must not hold public office, be employed in a public-sector job, or receive any government benefits, and he proposes that this law cannot be invalidated except by a quorum of CA Supreme Court judges, none of whom can be “sodomites.” The text also helpfully empowers any citizen with the authority to execute the provisions of the initiative (bullets to the head or forcible citizen extradition, y’all!) and grants immunity to anyone who does. Cool, cool.

Now you see why we wanted to sic The Google on this guy, right? Because WTF, is this even real? But he’s extremely invisible online. There are a few other Matt McLaughlins in California, none of whom seem to fit the profile of batshit lawyer with strong Jesus feelings against the gay sexytime. For instance, anti-“sodomite”-Matt probably isn’t the same Matt McLaughlin who is a singer with the Gay-Gays, the All-Gay Male Go-Gos Celebration. Or IS HE? Gay-Gays Matt, are you totally trolling everyone by submitting this bogus ballot shizz? If yes, please email Wonkette asap because we are DYING to hear all about it.

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Here’s the deal with California ballot initiatives: Any California citizen can propose a statutory or constitutional initiative for the state ballot. In order for a statutory initiative to qualify for the ballot, the sponsor-citizen must file the text with the CA AG’s office and pay $200. After a 30-day public review period, the AG must publish a summary of the initiative, and then, hooray, reason and logic kick in, saving the citizens of California from having to wade through hundreds of delusional initiatives every time they vote. The sponsor must collect the number of signatures equal to five percent of the number of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election, which in this case is about 365,880 signatures. Fortunately, that is a pretty high hurdle if you are a lone sociopath with a thing against “sodomites,” because it might be hard to (1) collect that many signatures, especially if (2) you lack a huge group of signature-collectors, because you are a sociopath and you have no friends.

The ballot initiative filing with the AG’s office offers little in the way of clues to McLaughlin’s identity, but there is an address that matches that of a lawyer by that name and address on avvo.com. When we looked the address up, it turned out to be a Mail Box Express store in Huntington Beach. Huh. That is definitely not a law office! In approximately four minutes of thorough searching, we also couldn’t come up with any legal cases involving a Matthew G. McLaughlin, and then we suddenly had to go read all of the think pieces about what color that dress was (#TeamGoldAndWhite), so we got distracted.

We DID get a hit on a Matt McLaughlin, lawyer, same Mail Box Express address, BOOM, who in 2004 submitted a citizen ballot initiative to give bibles to all public school kids in California, grades 1-12, because “great literature.” That initiative was way less crazy than the “sodomite” one (although still very crazy), and, as a Literate Person and also A English Major, we see the value of learning about how the Bible has impacted Western literature. More to the point, that initiative included an opt-out provision. However. Groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for Separation of Church and State were extremely suspicious, and McLaughlin didn’t collect the required number of signatures, so it didn’t go anywhere.

And then Matt McLaughlin vanished into the Hotel California, to remain digitally invisible until he filed his thoughts on “sodomites” last week. But he he kept the same secret Mail Box Express address during all that time! He sounds absolutely fascinating. We hope to learn more about this super fun secret agent lawyer, it totally sounds like he and Wonkette could be BFFs just like Wonkette and Aaron Schock. If he is even real. Gay-Gays Matt, if it’s you, CALL US.

[h/t Wonkette operative “Josh”/LA Times]

  • Msgr_Moment

    Total misunderstanding. In the original draft it said that sodomites should all be stoned.

    • weejee

      ♪ One toke over the line sweet Jebus
      One toke over the line ♪

      • chicken thief

        Brewer and Shipley – ftw!

    • Wonkaholic

      That’s discriminatory. It says in the Book of Dylan that everybody must get stoned.

    • grumblestiltskin

      They should go hang with the Hittites in Colorado.

  • smashedinhat

    Claims of a false flag initiative in 3..2..

  • Lizzietish81
    • JustPixelz

      And Lot offered his underage daughters to the mob of Sodominianites to divert them from the angels. Apparently, they (the daughters) didn’t hold a grudge because later they (the daughters) got him drunk and fucked him. Though I say no one gets that drunk.

      • Vienna Woods

        And now you know… the rest of the story!

        • John Frum

          I’m sorry I can only upvote once.

      • John Frum

        And then the daughters threw a fit at the cops after getting dragged across the yard in their camo thong dress.

  • Tallmutha

    I accuse this guy of the abominable crime against nature known as bugfuckery.

    • glasspusher

      I mean, I love Beetles, but the kind made by VW…

      • weejee

        My first set of wheels was a 1964 VW Variant. Loved that thing.

        • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

          ’69 VW van. Hated that thing. Well, I liked it when it ran…

          • John Frum

            ’68 Type 3 fastback. International Safety Yellow, moon wheels, tie rod extenders and a clutch cable so tight you had to stand up on it to shift. You could pull the engine out in less time than it took Morrissey to sing “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby”. 0 – 60 in four seconds, and that was it. It was like a science project you could drive!

        • frrolfe

          Variant was best ever. Same chassis as Karman Ghia.

        • kindness

          My second set was a 70′ Bug with a bored out engine and dual Webers. Thing screamed. Well until the engine blew. After the 4th new engine I decided to switch to Toyotas. Thank God for Toyotas. (My first was a 69 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe and it was a better car than the Bug every which way)

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      Needle-dicked bugfuckery, at that.

  • SnarkOff

    This is what happens when you shut down all of the mental health institutions. I’m not even being snarky. Matt McLaughlin is clearly mentally ill. Thanks, Reagan.

  • CapnFatback

    “Bullets to the head” is destined to be 2015’s “Cramming it down our throat!”

    • weejee

      Things always go better with gunz.

  • mrFawkes

    I got one of lawyer McLaughlin’s business cards. It”s a match book with a pay phone # that says Better Call Assaul

    • Spotts1701

      The one he gave me turns into a sponge when you get it wet!

      • Biff52

        But somehow I don’t think Elaine would consider him to be “sponge-worthy.”

  • weejee
  • Walter Wellstone

    I bet he likes buggery but he’s working hard to suppress it. Poor little bugger.

  • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

    “Sodomite.”

    Isn’t that the stuff Australians put on toast for breakfast?

    • eggsacklywright

      Nah, that’s catamite.

      • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

        I see the similarity. You can understand my cornfusion.

      • Wonkaholic

        A Sodomite sandwich sounds like so much more fun.

  • FauxAntocles

    Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress
    Well, which is it? Freedom or Suppression?

    • willi0000000

      freedom for me . . . suppression for thee.

      [it’s in the bibble]

  • Left Coast Tom

    This imbicile…Orly Taitz…it’s clearly too easy to become a lawyer in California.

    • one_who_wanders

      That sentence is two words too long.

  • formerChild

    Fruits & Nuts are healthy! (I’ve heard)

    • JustPixelz

      You’d go to prison for 10 years for that comment, if comments were allowed.

  • Ikimizi

    “utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.”

    If God’s aim is as good as usual, San Francisco’s probably safe, but I’d be worried if I lived in Texas.

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      He smites not in an orderly fashion.

  • MrBlobfish

    Jeez, Matt. Are you still pissed you didn’t get that part on Will and Grace? Get over it, dude.

  • deanbooth

    Poor Matt deserves a ballot to the head.

  • Usedtobeyellerdawg

    Is tolerating-wickedness any worse than intolerating-wickedness? Methinks this poor bugger is tormented by midnight-fever-dreams and other hyphenated phenomena. That’s what the head-voices think anyways.

  • Whelp, there goes the porn industry in California.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Where’s the counter-measure?….I’m not so sure that, in California, you couldn’t get more votes to make sodomy mandatory…$200 & a text file, somebody?…

  • Wonkaholic

    Do not pass Gay, do not collect $200.

  • Rotational Symmetry

    What really infuriates me is that these people don’t even understand the Bible they claim to lurve so much. The sin of Sedom (correct Hebrew pronunciation, y’all) was not homosexuality, but selfishness and greed:

    “This was the sin of your sister Sedom: she and her surrounding areas
    were well-fed and had peace and quiet. But she did not strengthen the
    hand of the poor and downtrodden.”
    (Ezek. 16:49)

    Every time I see people fling the word “Sodomy” I want to link to this article about the law in Florida that prohibited people from feeding the homeless. In fact, I think I will!

    • teddy21

      Isn’t that Fort Lauderdale? Well we all know they’re a bunch of sodomites anyway.

  • chicken thief

    Every eleven years or so McLaughlin takes a break from helping his sister Sara write sad songs and does some lawyering.

    • SterWonk

      Sarah McLachlin LIBEL!

  • Blank Ron

    “It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain, hard enough to wash all the sodomites and buggerers back into their dance clubs. I was on the clock that night, looking for one Matt McLaughlin, who’d been passing himself off as a lawyer and concerned citizen, and I only had thirty days to run him to ground…”

  • berick

    Don’t a lot of people understand “sodomy” to mean anal or oral between any two partners? Are all of us, er, them, going to be lined up and shot too?
    That’s not a few people.

    • chicken thief

      Please check into that and let me know before I do any more fund raising in CA.

      ~ WJC

      • Spurning Beer

        “Fund raising”? Is that what they’re calling it now?

    • Chick_Tract_Fil_A

      So, Biblical Era people named a town after da butt-sehksing?

  • Nuke90210

    Matt is a lawer in the same way that O’Reilly is a war hero.

  • OooShiny

    He also demands the death penalty, just like the bible says, for adultery and remarriage after divorce and unvirginal females on their wedding night and children who sass their parents, right?

    If this man is truly as collegiately-educated as he claims and still truly believes killing gays is awesome, then he should at least agree to take the psychopath test and do a broadcast interview with psychiatrist Park Dietz who specializes in studying the soulless predatory monsters among us.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty”

    What? God is the giver of the heavens, earth, and life. Saint Reagan is the giver of freedom and liberty, you know, except for that Medicare thing.

  • Bitter Scribe

    “Gomorrha” is the lesser-known sister city to Gomorrah, but with a better sense of humor.

    • John Norris

      Isn’t Gomorrha in Ireland?

      • Swampgas_Man

        In the county of Faithand.

      • doktorzoom

        I thought it was a flying turtle who is filled with meat.

    • teddy21

      Gomorrah does get short shrift in the story telling doesn’t it.

    • BillStewart2012

      It’s Hebrew, or a closely related Semitic language. Notation of vowels was pretty much optional.
      But yes, misspellings or typos in proposals like this are just reminders of the quality of thought that went into them, in case it wasn’t already obvious.

  • Callyson

    The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.

    Did Matt McLaughlin steal this line from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    • John Frum

      I thought it was going to turn into one of those things where you could suppress sodomites from home part time and make $50,000 a week like he does.

  • unStunned

    Somehow, the whole business just sounds more fun when I frame the concept as “Sodomite.” The only terms that sound nearly as festive are poufter and pole smoker.

  • YakHerder
    • teddy21

      “Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice LawDisciplinary and Related Actions

      Overview of the attorney discipline system.This member has no public record of discipline.”

      Well not yet at least.

  • If God utterly destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha, then there aren’t any Sodomites left. QED.

    • Barley_Brains

      “God” is notoriously ineffectual that way.

    • John Frum

      Then how come when Nero destroyed Vulcan there were still Vulcans left?

  • John Frum

    Has anyone else noticed that every single social issue we have — or have ever had — boils down to the same dynamic: On one side there’s a random group of people who just want to take whatever life they’re stuck with and drum up some way to live it in peace. On the other side, there is the exact same group of people, every single time, who have no mechanism for self-affirmation other than trying to take it away from them.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Take the medicine, Uncle Herbert. I know it makes you feel weird, but it really makes a difference.

    • Jimmy Calhoun

      Haldol? Thorazine?

  • RangerJay

    Buggery!!!

    My Monday blahs are gone!!!

  • george gonzalez

    Is it okay if you were really drunk and they looked like a lady? Asking for a friend. No, really.

  • Christians as always, actively proving that God doesn’t exist.

    • WarrenHart

      As if we needed any more proof…But they keep giving.

    • John Frum

      Maybe it’s god proving christians don’t exist?

  • AmusedAmused

    The CA state bar lists only one matching name, for an attorney in San Diego. Although his address seems like a real law office.

    • SoCalVet

      not true….there’s this one, which has the same address as the ballot initiative…..http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

      • wallydog

        Holy crap Batman. That address is only two blocks from my house. I’m going to drive by and check this crazy dude out.

        • SoCalVet

          it’s a mail box place…he has #219. Complain to the owner that his business is being used to solicit genocide against gays and lesbians.
          Thank you! I would so do that if I were close.

          • Land Shark

            The owner will probably have some sincerely held religious beliefs …. most likely that bigoted idiots are against those sincerely held religious beliefs.

          • wallydog

            I’ll do that. I go past it all the time.

        • Sotmone

          If there is a streetlight nearby he could emulate Mussolini.

      • brucej

        Graduate of the George Mason school of law. Notable Alumni include Ken Cucchinelli, erstwhile ladyparts examiner and failed gubernatorial candidate for Virginia. It’s a wingnut haven.

  • Bill T.

    According to the story, God had decided to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah long before the angels arrived to warn Lot and his family. After the destruction, all of Lot’s daughters managed to have sex with dear old dad. This ballot initiative just might be a stealthy attempt by Matt to legally have sex with his daughters. This man must be closely monitored.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    He only needs 365,880 signatures? Well, since the California GOP has officially recognized the Log Cabin Republicans, they should be able to give him a great start. Add the signatures of all the closeted gay Republicans and he’ll have it made in the shade.

    BTW, the shift in attitude towards the Log Cabiners is part of Chairman Jim Brulte’s “big tent” policy. Any tent that can accomodate Jim Brulte and one other human being has to be about the size of greater Victorville already.

    • oikos

      it’s only because of this: Independents soon to outnumber repugs.

      http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article11675345.html

      • Biff52

        Kinda like Nevada. Although I’ve never met a left-leaning Independent there, either, so not very “independent, ya axe me.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Interesting quote from the article you cite:

        “A major part of the problem is the Republican Party’s failure to appeal to Latino voters. When Schwieren [GOP rahrah dude] pointed out how big a percentage of the electorate Latinos now are, a man in the audience asked, ‘Does (that) include undocumented immigrants or not?’

        ‘No,’ Schwieren said, ‘it does not.'”

        Even when the subject is outreach to Latinos, the core Republicans’ first though is, “Fuck you, wetbacks!”

    • Samantha Patterson

      He’s got a big tent for log cabin republicans?

    • Sotmone

      Do those Log Cabins come with gloryholes? Enquiring minds …. etc

  • Bared Bear

    jesus christ… please hurry up and rapture your followers before they kill everybody.

  • ginos_way

    366,000 signatures? Red State California runs from Yreka in the north to Bakersfield in the south, about 600 miles. No problem finding sympathetic droids in that expanse. More xristians than humans. Too, Orange and San Diego counties. Not a stretch.

    Wonkette buried the lede, though: All-Gay Male Go-Go’s Celebration? Now that’s some news.

    • Gryphonkin

      It’s a sad state where I’m in (basically near Stockton and Sac, long story short) – a blue voter in a deeply red country in a blue state. My vote is 100% meaningless, but they could probably get a few thousand signatures in my county.

      Which is sickening.

      • david green

        I know the feeling. The voters here keep re-electing Tom McClintock by large majorities. The man is a waste of a perfectly good suit.

      • ginos_way

        Redding here. Talk about pissing up a rope, electorally. Neighbors think somebody buying candy with SNAP is way worse than Doug LaMalfa (congressgrifter) sucking in $4M in rice subsidies–while voting to reduce SNAP benefits.

  • kindness

    Sodomy also includes blowjobs and cunninlingus. It isn’t only anal. Anyone who wants to hate against a little oral fun is going to have a really hard time getting others to support it now days.

  • Barley_Brains

    I’ve got it! The mystery man is obviously Australian, a member of the Law faculty of the University of Woolamaloo, and strictly enforcing the seven faculty rules at the University of Woolamaloo:
    1) No poofters.
    2) No member of the faculty is to maltreat the “Abos” in any way whatsoever—if there’s anyone watching.
    3) No poofters.
    4) I don’t want to catch anyone not drinking in their room after lights out.
    5) No poofters.
    6) There is no… rule six.
    7) No poofters.

    • brucej

      But his name is neither Bruce, nor is he visibly drinking. Ergo capscicum hawk, he cannot be a member of the faculty,

      • Barley_Brains

        Well, it was just a hunch. G’Day Bruce!

        • John Frum

          No, his name is Michael, and it caused a bit of confusion. We’ll call him Bruce, then.

  • usorthem3

    If the piece of sh#t thinks he is MAN enough to kill me, bring it. He will not walk away.

    • willi0000000

      vote him – hard . . . but make sure you leave him breathing . . . he’s obviously one of those that think pain is a great teacher.

      [note: just for reference, there are 206 bones in the human body]

    • noni

      But it’s his “deeply held religious belief” protected by “religious freedom”.

  • Jake
    • That’s not the right guy in my opinion. It is impossible.

    • johnnyboyjohn

      Yeah, I saw that one too, but he’s not in CA. Does have the “crazy eyes,” though.

  • Big Giant Head

    I like cookies.

  • Gryphonkin

    Straight people have buttsex too. Is that allowed?

    • E.A. Blair

      Nope.

    • Sotmone

      Shoot them…and evil oral sexers too. Only married couples should have sex and only in the missionary position (never with the woman on top lest she lose her subservience) only often enough to procreate. (Tee hee,)

      • david green

        Never with the woman top is a good rule. The cowboy and the reverse cowboy are dangerous! . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penile_fracture

        • Gryphonkin

          Pardon the pun, but f*ck that. I rather like my wife on top ;)

  • runbei

    Sod him.

  • Biff52

    Can’t his god just turn them into pillars of salt, like in the old days?

    • Alex Grey

      I’m pretty sure god has a no as-salting policy these days…

      • Gryphonkin

        Pity. What if He has a sodium deficiency?

    • E.A. Blair

      God has gone downhill since then:

  • Holly Blomberg

    2 Matthew McLaughlins in the California Bar Directory. FWIW

  • Rickster Rickster

    the petition is invalid from the get go. it doesn’t matter how many signatures this guy gets. it basically calls for the extra judicial killing by putting bullet in the brain of any gay person accused of sodomy. it’s unconstitutional in its entirety. nothing but an attention getter from a whack job nut case rightie.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      I had trouble with the bullet to the brain or any other convenient method. Maybe I’m just lazy, but anything other than a bullet to the brain sounds way to inconvenient for me.

      • Tom Mullen

        The problem for this lunatic is that the SOS has to approve the ballot language. That’s is where he fails. He fails to pass legitimacy and LEGALITY

    • Legislation is assumed constitutional.

      • Rickster Rickster

        this is a petition, not legislation, and anyone can read it and see it is flat out unconstitutional. it says it trumps any other state or federal law. this thing is going nowhere.

        • I know. I was just pointing out that legislation is assumed constitutional.

          • Rickster Rickster

            WHY? that has nothing to do with anything. and as this is a petition, AS I STATED, and OBVIOUSLY contains things which are flat out unconstitutional why did you feel the need to point out something which has NOTHING to do with anything and then try to defend it?

          • I am just saying it could theoretically become law if enough people agree to it.

          • Rickster Rickster

            no it could not. it does not meet the criteria to be put on any ballot at any time. it is obviously unconstitutional and the work of a crazy person. it calls for murdering people.

          • Well, I agree that he is crazy but he doesn’t need to pass a possible law off as legitimate or not. If laws were stopped at the petition phase that were unconstitutional we wouldn’t need the Supreme Court.

          • Rickster Rickster

            would you just shut up already? you are wrong. totally completely wrong. there are steps that have to be followed before a petition can be given the okay for a person or group to gather signatures for it to be added to a ballot. this one clearly will never ever be signature gathering ready let alone ballot ready. it will never be out before the people for signatures let alone a vote. it is a bloody blooming dead parrot. it is not pining for the fjords, it is DEAD. now go back to civics class and pay attention. and do take the time to actually read what this obviously insane person wrote and try to comprehend why it won’t be approved for anything more than the lining of a bird cage. here’s a hint on one of the MANY reasons this won’t pass muster, it calls for the MURDER of people for something that isn’t a crime.

  • malsperanza

    I dunno, Wonkette, some of these guys are just too easy to satirize, hardly even takes an effort.

    Low-hanging fruit, as it were.

  • wayneluke11

    He should be able to gather signatures at the Folsom Street Fair in September.

  • He is obviously not even an America. Read his writing.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I could never understand why they decided to call it sodomy. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for worshiping false gods, not the buttsechs.

    Oh, BTW, Matt. Sodomy is defined as penetrating the vagina with anything other than a penis or a penis penetrating anything other than a vagina. Just so you know, being a lawyer and all.

    • I thought they were destroyed for the horrible crime among desert peoples of inhospitality to strangers, i.e. threatening them with gang rape.

      • Alex Grey

        That was my understanding as well. The sex actually had nothing to do with the punishment. It was the violation of the principle of hospitality, which was vitally, (life or death,) important to any traveler, in the days before Holiday Inn and Marriott.

      • Samantha Patterson

        That is what it says in several places later in the bible. Ezekiel is probably the plainest.

  • Spurning Beer

    I just noted that the coverage of this story on Raw Story and HuffingPo both credit the Wonkette!

  • Alex Grey

    I see your ballot initiative, and I raise you the Supremacy Clause. (That’s from Article 6, Clause 2, of the US Constitution; for those morans who haven’t ever bothered to read it.)

  • Samantha Patterson

    Thanks Reagan!

  • Sotmone

    So the millions of heterosexual couples who include oral and anal in their play should be shot in thr head? A waste of $200.00

    • Megs22

      In part “b” of his plan he clearly states this is just for same sex partnering. Apparently sodomy is only for heterosexuals.

      • tom

        @megs22! your comment is true. i researched texas blue laws and it’s okay for straight couples but not for gays! wow!

  • johnnyboyjohn

    Other than provoking legislation that would change the ballot initiative laws, I can’t figure out what possible purpose this would serve….???

  • mvries512

    Aren’t these republicans compassionate?

  • joemarkowitz

    If you want to do research on a California attorney, the first place you go is the state bar website: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

  • tom

    i’d like to have a law against adultery and have women wear the scarlet letter! ha!

    • fb4ever

      ha, I’d like to have a law against adultery and have MEN wear the scarlet letter! ha ha!

  • Sean Rothrock

    The real culprit is Matthew McLaughlin. Bar number: 198329. It is officially up on the justice department website in California (attorney general). I am filing my ethics complaint against him. You don’t need to be a Californian to file in CA.

    • John

      I submitted a complaint to the California AG as well… but not as an ethics complaint but as a criminal complaint… Read about the case ” Schenck v. United States” its very similar and the final judgement reasoning fits exactly what that YoYo is doing.

  • Calijab

    I believe the 3 minute part, he was EASY to find! Searched “Matthew McLaughlin Huntington Beach”. Bingo! Phone number and address.

  • Anyone can and should file a complaint with the California State Bar.

    Online form: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/ContactUs.aspx

    Psychopath’s profile, including his personal contact information: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

    Instructions for lodging a complaint for ethics violations: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/FilingaComplaint.aspx

    • Dave Garner

      An ethics complaint? For what purpose? He’s simply a nut with first amendment protection (hopefully) just like the rest of us.

      • We have freedom to speak our minds, but someone charged with defending and enforcing the law who at the same time is lobbying for mass killing is an obvious conflict of interest and an ethics concern. American Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct:

        [5] A lawyer’s conduct should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer’s business and personal affairs. A lawyer should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. A lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers and public officials. While it is a lawyer’s duty, when necessary, to challenge the rectitude of official action, it is also a lawyer’s duty to uphold legal process. [Under no circumstances would calling for the murdering of innocent people be considered ‘confirming to the requirements of the law.’ His proposal goes as far beyond harassing and intimidating people as one could possibly go without actually carrying out a killing.]

        [7] Many of a lawyer’s professional responsibilities are prescribed in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as substantive and procedural law. However, a lawyer is also guided by personal conscience and the approbation of professional peers. A lawyer should strive to attain the highest level of skill, to improve the law and the legal profession and to exemplify the legal profession’s ideals of public service. [One may argue, if one is insane, that this man’s proposal represents his ideals of public service–but then one would be judging by the rules or Nazi Germany, not the United States of America.]

        [11] To the extent that lawyers meet the obligations of their professional calling, the occasion for government regulation is obviated. Self-regulation also helps maintain the legal profession’s independence from government domination. An independent legal profession is an important force in preserving government under law, for abuse of legal authority is more readily challenged by a profession whose members are not dependent on government for the right to practice. [The legal community should act upon this immediately, as this man’s proposal, if it does not result in a severe disciplinary action from the Bar itself, begs for government intervention. There is, in fact, a federal precedent existing that nullifies his proposal, and this lawyer is aggressively ignorant of that precedent. He is irresponsible and negligent, and the Bar should hold him accountable for it.]

        [12] The legal profession’s relative autonomy carries with it special responsibilities of self-government. The profession has a responsibility to assure that its regulations are conceived in the public interest and not in furtherance of parochial or self-interested concerns of the bar. Every lawyer is responsible for observance of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A lawyer should also aid in securing their observance by other lawyers. Neglect of these responsibilities compromises the independence of the profession and the public interest which it serves. [Under what circumstances would you consider ordering mass killings to be in the public interest? Does this individual have the right to (unethically) suggest that gay people should be killed? Yes, he does. Does a practicing attorney have the professional right to submit proposed legislation ordering that people be killed? No; it is a violation of professional ethics. I am not suggesting that he be sued, killed, or otherwise officially penalized for his personal beliefs. I am stating that he should be penalized by the organization that is charged with upholding responsible and ethical performance by attorneys for violating the interests of his profession and of the legal system overall.]

        SPECIFICALLY, the state of California considers moral turpitude grounds for disbarment, per: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=06001-07000&file=6100-6117

        Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and some other countries that refers to “conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.”

        Do you consider asking for an entire population to be shot in the head to be in accordance with community standards of justice, honest, or good morals?

        • Dave Garner

          I suggest you wander over to GW and see if they will permit you to audit “Law 6218, Professional Responsibility and Ethics.” You are seriously out of your depth here.

          • I will concede that I am not educated in law, and therefore we can assume that you are better informed about legal ethics if you are a lawyer. Consider yourself the champion. I will not, however, debate whether or not anyone’s suggestion that people should be executed with a bullet to the head is ethical. It is unethical. It is insane. And anyone who would ever defend the would-be murderer on the grounds of semantics is likewise unethical, and I would venture to guess also antisocial, arguably soulless, and almost definitely a lawyer.

          • Dave Garner

            I’d agree that his position is immoral, but it’s not unethical, should you wish to make that argument.

          • Ron Robertson

            Are you actually arguing his (Matt McLaughlin’s) position is ethical? It would be if ethics = being a psychopath.

          • DaveG

            No, simply stating the requirements of the California Bar and matching his actions against the standard. Clearly the man is an idiot, but that, in itself, is not disqualifying.

          • Dauger

            So basically, what you are saying is that it is within the canon of ethics of the legal profession to advocate for genocide? No wonder everyone hates lawyers.

      • As private citizens, we are all entitled to freedom of speech. Some professional roles, among which attorneys, judges, police officers, and others who either enforce or create laws and policies, are charged with upholding strict ethical guidelines. If you don’t believe that encouraging a mass killing is not a breach of ethical standards for attorneys, then we’ll certainly never personally agree on the matter. That stated, both the American Bar Association and the state of California clearly define the responsibilities and rules of conduct for practicing attorneys–and McLaughlin clearly violated those rules.

        • Dave Garner

          Frankly, I think he wasted his time and $200. Beyond that, as a matter to bring before a state ethics review… not a chance. Hell, I’d represent him pro bono if I were barred in CA. There are greater fools than this guy practicing law in Century City.

        • Dave Garner

          Oh, and thanks for the lecture on legal ethics. Apparently you know more that I do from my last 42 years.

  • Sign the petition to disbar attorney Matthew McLaughlin, author of “Sodomite Suppression Act” http://chn.ge/1aKIo4S

  • Nick.Trite

    I always get worried when I see lawyers like this who are just doing bizarre things, because schizophrenia (among other disorders) often appears mid-20s (around the time you would be finishing law school) and I wonder if he doesn’t just need some help. But on the other hand I worry that’s pathologizing bigoted behavior and stigmatizing mental illness. The life of an (attempted) sensitive lie-brul is never easy, I suppose.

  • fb4ever

    The guy’s a nutbar…the best part of the article was how distracted ‘Josh” became when they were suddenly pulled away with the blue/black gold/white dress lol GREAT writing!

  • Zack Oak

    You do realize anyone with 200 dollars can submit a ballot, right? It means nothing. I could submit an initiative that says every man who voted for Prop 8 has to give me 50 dollars and a blowjob, and nobody could stop me. These are nothing without hundreds of thousands of signatures. Please stop giving this man free press.

  • DannyEastVillage

    Search his house for flash-drives full of kiddie-porn.

  • pabena6

    Sorry to be that person, but dude, you seriously undercut yourself here: “…as a Literate Person and also A English Major…”

    As either a Literate Person *or* an English Major, you wouldn’t have used “A” English major. Edit what was undoubtedly a finger slip, please.

  • Dear Matt,

    The voices in your head are not “the people of California”.

    Sincerely,

    One of the actual People of California

  • Guest

    Actually, his address has been found.

    Matt McLaughlin
    19744 Beach Blvd. #219,
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648

    • AdamCalizona

      Yeah, that would be the mailbox express address that the article covered already.

  • Dave Garner

    “Schenck v. United States” might be good reading for some who have commented here.

  • Cary Howard

    The
    following information is from the official records of The State Bar of
    California.
    Bar
    Number: 198329

    Matt McLaughlin
    Address:
    19744 Beach Blvd # 219

    Huntington
    Beach, CA 92648 Phone Number: (949) 285-7902

    • mikemazzla

      Cary Howard is officially the best person ever

  • Grand1

    Someone in Huntington Beach needs to find out what church he goes to and demonstrate to oppose the repeal of the Fifth Commandment by Mr. McLaughlin.

    • JAY

      Evangelical Free Church of America is across the street, but Calvary Chapel is a block up and those people want to hurt gays too. Take your pick!

    • heidi jo bean

      I’m just 15 minutes south of him, but I can’t find a picture of him anywhere. I see his address and number, but would like to know what he looks like before I egg his car and give him a gift from my cat’s litter box.

  • Cary Howard

    mary4jeshua Maybe you need to pull your head out of your ass. “YOUR” bible teaches of love and understanding not hate….stop picking and choosing what you want to believe from it, all or nothing you hateful useless piece of shit.

  • disqus_1TQPPbDrg7

    Shakespeare: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the
    lawyers.”

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Basically this sicko wants to bring Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” attitude to America. Thank God, there’s no way he do this without massively violating our constitution, and only the most deranged homophobic hate mongers would ever support this.

  • thriver7

    Here’s his page on the California Bar Association directory

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

  • thriver7

    You can register an ethics complaint with the State Bar Association by sending in this document

    http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/Regulation/2013_ComplaintForm-InstructionsENG.pdf

    Here are some of the Ethics guidelines which – it seems to me – Mr McLaughlin violated:

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=BPC&sectionNum=6068.

  • Guest

    His number and address are listed on his CA bar profile.

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

    • Guest

      That address appears to be a shopping center.

    • Revcon

      Big Deal – anyone can “lookup” an attorney on the Cal-Bar website. [http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch] What is REALLY important here is NOT the attorney himself – it’s the idea of submitting a nonsense initiative that could never pass muster as law. It’s a waste of time for all of us. I wish to STOP this. Help me stop this. I am full-up in doing a federal lawsuit and need a few people to assist me in filing for an order by the Superior Court Judge here to the Cal AG to reject the proposal as it could never be “law” in California. Do you have some time to work with me on this project. I need to move quickly. Such an action can be typed up in just a few hours, a few more hours to go file it (I am forma pauperis, so NO FEED) and then a day or two to get it served. This would include a preliminary injunction pending the hearing. Please help me. I want to stop this idiocy. E-mail me at afactivists@aol.com if you can help me with the details. Thank

      • GreenEagle

        Normally, I would agree with you, but in this case, can I suggest that nothing will do more good than giving this idiot as much opportunity as possible to humiliate himself in public?

  • mirrordarkly

    Anyone consider that this is more about the giant flaws in the California initiative law than it is about killing ‘sodomites’? I hope so. It is certainly true that any idiot/criminal/fundamentalist can try to place anything on the state ballot for only $200. But it does come from Orange County, the source of fruits and nuts. And this proposition covers both of them.

    • Revcon

      There are no “giant” flaws with the initiative process. $200 has nothing to do with it. What’s wrong is the common sense of this man to submit such an action. The rest of us have the right to use the judicial system to try and stop it because it could never become law. I need a little help in creating, filing and serving such an action [mandate order from judge to State AG to reject the proposition]
      because I am already full-up with a federal lawsuit. Will you help me?
      I want to stop this idiocy. E-mail me at afactivists@aol.com if you can help me with the details. Thank
      you.

  • Revcon

    AS a Christian, this lawyer doesn’t represent my attitude on this subject. The Old Testament maxims regarding putting gays to death NO LONGER APPLIES. The rules regarding sins are now followed and explained in the New Testament. While the New Testament refers to fornication with the same sex, the solutions offered do NOT include killing people. I don’t feel this man’s solution is biblically based nor in the public’s best interest (whatever public means). The lawyer needs to read a book by Murray Rothbard entitled FOR A NEW LIBERTY., (Everyone should read it). IN any event, I personally would like to see this initiative proposal stopped. “We the People” can not approve of a law where we will kill other people or make a crime out of being gay punishable by death. I wish to file an action in the local Superior Court and ask the judge to order the State Attorney General to void this initiative request as it could never be carried out because it involves murder [which actually brings into question the killing of anyone for ANY crime – but that’s another subject]. I need a little help in creating, filing and serving such an action because I am already full-up with a federal lawsuit. Will you help me? I want to stop this idiocy. E-mail me at afactivists@aol.com Thank you.

    • Merv99

      Christianity has a history of killing gay people going back thousands of years, followed by a history of extreme persecution. Gay people are right to be very suspicious of the intentions of Christians.

      • Revcon

        Merv99 – can you provide even ONE example to support your claim? Please do a simple Google Search on these word themes:
        How do Christian Churches help gay people?
        How do Christians help Gays?

        The millions of hits provided totally defeat your “rascal” statement!!!

        • Merv99

          One example? I can provide thousands. Let’s start at the present day and move backwards.

          Let’s not forget that the story we are presently commenting on is about a Christian activists attempting to legalize genocide against gay people for religious reasons.

          The entire modern anti-gay movement in the US is essentially all Christian, with its main support coming from the Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Convention and other Evangelical Churches, LDS, and dozens of affiliated organizations such as National Organization for Marriage, Knights of Columbus, Focus on the Family, Mass Resistance, Family Research Council, Chalcedon Foundation, etc. These are all groups that have supported legally discriminating against gay people, and in many cases criminalizing homosexual behavior. There are few if any liberal Christian organizations of their stature actively working in favor of gay rights. Denominations that support gay rights, such as UCC, are small and shrinking, and their activism very muted compared to what Christians groups did during previous civil rights movements.

          Thousands of gay military personnel were purged from the US armed forces under the official policy that remained in effect until 2011. Most of the support for that policy came from Christians.

          Anti-gay sodomy laws were in effect in the US until 2003. Those laws provided for up to life in prison in some states. To this day, those laws are on the books in multiple states because pressure from Christian groups makes it politically impossible to repeal them. Until 2010, it was on the official state Republican Party platforms of Montana and Texas to reinstate sodomy laws against gay people. Even today (East Baton Rouge, LA 2013), there are sporadic cases of police enforcing these laws against gay people, who have to go through the indignity and expense of being arrested, jailed, hiring a lawyer, etc. to fight the invalid charges.

          During the 1990s and 2000s, Christian groups successfully pushed the passage of around thirty anti-gay amendments at the state level. Despite the fact that they claimed they were just trying to preserve the word “marriage,” most of those amendments also prohibited civil unions and domestic partnerships.

          Throughout the entire last half of the 20th century, gay people were subject to arrest simply for gathering in gay bars. In New York, it was illegal to serve gay people alcohol until the 1970s. Even in San Francisco, gay bars were subject to harassment until the 1970s.

          People who were arrested for homosexuality routinely had their names printed in the local newspaper, even before trial, facing loss of jobs, home, friends, and family. It was even worse for those convicted. Not only did they face jail time, but barbaric “medical treatments” including hormone therapy, electro-shock therapy, and in some cases surgical lobotomies.

          Threats of violence and actual violence were common against gay people at this time. In 1980, Bob Jones III, of Bob Jones University, publicly called for the stoning of gay people. It wasn’t until 2015 that he retracted his statement.

          It was official US policy to exclude gay immigrants until 1991. In 1953, the president ordered the firing of every gay federal worker. Hundreds were drummed out. The policy remained in effect for decades.

          Similar purges happened at the state level. In 1972, a gay public school teacher in Tacoma was fired after truthfully responding to a question from the principal of the school. He fought his dismissal in court, but of course lost because there was no law against firing gay people, and it was still illegal to be gay, even in liberal Washington state. In 2014 he received an apology, long after his career was destroyed.

          All of this persecution got its impetus and support from anti-gay Christians.

          Now let’s go back further. Homosexual sodomy carried the death penalty in some US states until at least 1844. In Canada it was 1869. In the UK, the last execution for gay sodomy was in 1835 when two men were executed together for having sex in the privacy of their bedroom. Between 1810 and 1835, 46 people in England were hanged for sodomy. Similar events happened throughout Europe then, and going back hundreds of years to the Christian takeover of the Roman Empire.
          Of course, in pre-Christian Europe, treatment of homosexuality ranged from reluctant tolerance to acceptance. It was only with Christianity that the attitude changed so drastically. Gay people were essentially erased from history for thousands of years, because it became impossible for gay people to even talk or write about themselves. It became so absurd that even observations by Dr George Levick about the sexual behavior of penguins in the early 1900s that included homosexuality was suppressed until it was discovered a hundred years later.

          Now that you know, please don’t pretend that the persecution of gay people in the US and the West isn’t entirely due to Christianity.

        • Revcon

          OK Merv99 I will respond to your comment below part by part. 1st of all, you did NOT look up those Google thinks I gave you. They defeat ALL your arguments.

          Moving on – here’s YOUR comment below with my responses interspersed:

          One example? I can provide thousands. Let’s start at the present day and move backwards.

          Let’s not forget that the story we are presently commenting on is about a Christian activists attempting to legalize genocide against gay people for religious reasons.

          SMITH RESPONDS: These are NOT “Christian Activists”. No one who is a “New Testament Christian” would support any of this. And if they are “Old Testament Christian” then they ARE NOT CHRISTIAN. THE attorney doing this is NOT a Christian. Got that? There is NOT going to be any “legalizing gay genocide”. That is ludicrous for you even to suggest that. THIS ENTIRE THING PUT OUT BY THE ATTORNEY IS A SCAM. Got that Merv – IT IS A SCAM. This is a false flag designed to create phony arguments and divisive public relations.l

          The entire modern anti-gay movement in the US is essentially all Christian, with its main support coming from the Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Convention and other Evangelical Churches, LDS, and dozens of affiliated organizations such as National Organization for Marriage, Knights of Columbus, Focus on the Family, Mass Resistance, Family Research Council, Chalcedon Foundation, etc.

          SMITH RESPONDS: You are totally and completely wrong. I am beginning to believe you are a member of the group that setup this scam and are helping to stir people up over it. THERE ARE NO CHRISTIAN groups supporting this. You are misleading people. Even the Presbyterian church just public stated they will allows gays in the Church. YOU IGNORED THE LINKS I GAVE YOU TO STUDY.

          These are all groups that have supported legally discriminating against gay people, and in many cases criminalizing homosexual behavior. There are few if any liberal Christian organizations of their stature actively working in favor of gay rights. Denominations that support gay rights, such as UCC, are small and shrinking, and their activism very muted compared to what Christians groups did during previous civil rights movements.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Again – you are wrong and misleading people on this board. I live in Palm Springs area, that has a huge gay population. NOBODY BUT NOBODY IS GOING AFTER THEM. They work everywhere here and are openly accepted. Who are you trying to “fool”.

          Thousands of gay military personnel were purged from the US armed forces under the official policy that remained in effect until 2011. Most of the support for that policy came from Christians.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Prove that. Find an official statement to support your false claim.

          Anti-gay sodomy laws were in effect in the US until 2003. Those laws provided for up to life in prison in some states. To this day, those laws are on the books in multiple states because pressure from Christian groups makes it politically impossible to repeal them. Until 2010, it was on the official state Republican Party platforms of Montana and Texas to reinstate sodomy laws against gay people. Even today (East Baton Rouge, LA 2013), there are sporadic cases of police enforcing these laws against gay people, who have to go through the indignity and expense of being arrested, jailed, hiring a lawyer, etc. to fight the invalid charges.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Find one link to prove your above statement. By your own statement it ended in 2003. You need to come here to the Palm Springs area – what you are claiming does not exist here and no where else. We even have “Gay Pride” week here with bumper stickers all over the place and public parties for Gays. Don’t give me anymore of your false statements.

          During the 1990s and 2000s, Christian groups successfully pushed the passage of around thirty anti-gay amendments at the state level. Despite the fact that they claimed they were just trying to preserve the word “marriage,” most of those amendments also prohibited civil unions and domestic partnerships.

          SMITH RESPONDS: A marriage by God is between a man and a woman. But that does not mean 2 gays can’t llve with each other and love each other. That’s their private business. What Gays are pushing is simply to get government benefits. It has nothing to do with over coming Gays living together – nobody is prohibiting that. What Gays AND straights should do is get ride of the statutory government and banking system that is making debt slaves of ALL OF US whatever orientation we are.

          Throughout the entire last half of the 20th century, gay people were subject to arrest simply for gathering in gay bars. In New York, it was illegal to serve gay people alcohol until the 1970s. Even in San Francisco, gay bars were subject to harassment until the 1970s.

          SMITH RESPONDS: It’s not happening now, is it Merv. So what is the point. Society is fluid, things are improving all the time. Quit living in the past.

          People who were arrested for homosexuality routinely had their names printed in the local newspaper, even before trial, facing loss of jobs, home, friends, and family. It was even worse for those convicted. Not only did they face jail time, but barbaric “medical treatments” including hormone therapy, electro-shock therapy, and in some cases surgical lobotomies.

          SMITH RESPONDS: It’s not happening now, is it Merv. So what is the point. Society is fluid, things are improving all the time. Quit living in the past. People were burned at the stake for being witches, too – it’s not happening now is it, anymore than Gays are.

          Threats of violence and actual violence were common against gay people at this time. In 1980, Bob Jones III, of Bob Jones University, publicly called for the stoning of gay people. It wasn’t until 2015 that he retracted his statement.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Well, that wasn’t Christian now, was it Merv. Bob Jones is not a Christian and does not represent or obey Jesus the Christ or he would not have done that. Stop presenting such people and their behavior as “CHristian” cause it is not and they are not!

          It was official US policy to exclude gay immigrants until 1991. In 1953, the president ordered the firing of every gay federal worker. Hundreds were drummed out. The policy remained in effect for decades.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Again – you’ll have to provide links to support those claims. You are living in the past man. You better come here to Palm Springs – you won’t find any unhappy gay people and or any gay people spouting your rhetoric.

          Similar purges happened at the state level. In 1972, a gay public school teacher in Tacoma was fired after truthfully responding to a question from the principal of the school. He fought his dismissal in court, but of course lost because there was no law against firing gay people, and it was still illegal to be gay, even in liberal Washington state. In 2014 he received an apology, long after his career was destroyed.

          SMITH RESPONDS: That was 1972. It’s over, done and past. Those things don’t happen today. This lawyer is NOT Christian, he is part of a secret society that is creating false flags and diversions and disruptions to get people fighting each other. THIS IS A SCAM AND YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE SCAM!

          All of this persecution got its impetus and support from anti-gay Christians.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Sorry – you are as wrong as wrong as can be. You are working very hard to promote this whole scam. Why? Who is paying you to do this?

          Now let’s go back further. Homosexual sodomy carried the death penalty in some US states until at least 1844. In Canada it was 1869. In the UK, the last execution for gay sodomy was in 1835 when two men were executed together for having sex in the privacy of their bedroom. Between 1810 and 1835, 46 people in England were hanged for sodomy. Similar events happened throughout Europe then, and going back hundreds of years to the Christian takeover of the Roman Empire.

          SMITH RESPONDS: That was 1972. It’s over, done and past. Those things don’t happen today. AGAIN: This lawyer is NOT Christian, he is part of a secret society that is creating false flags and diversions and disruptions to get people fighting each other. THIS IS A SCAM AND YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE SCAM!

          Of course, in pre-Christian Europe, treatment of homosexuality ranged from reluctant tolerance to acceptance. It was only with Christianity that the attitude changed so drastically. Gay people were essentially erased from history for thousands of years, because it became impossible for gay people to even talk or write about themselves. It became so absurd that even observations by Dr George Levick about the sexual behavior of penguins in the early 1900s that included homosexuality was suppressed until it was discovered a hundred years later.

          SMITH RESPONDS: Nobody is going to listen to your arguments – you are living way in the past and working to help drum up diversion, deception and disruption. This is becoming very obvious with your statement that have no relevancy to 2015 events.

          Now that you know, please don’t pretend that the persecution of gay people in the US and the West isn’t entirely due to Christianity.

          SMITH RESPONDS: And YOU stop promoting lies, division and massive untruths. I am not fooled by your drumming up baloney and no one else is either. Once again – study those links I gave you and try to overcome them – you can’t!

        • dannyjude63

          Constantius issued a decree in 342 A.D. calling for Gays to be beheaded. The penalty of burning alive was first decreed by Valentinian II on August 6, 390 A.D. The practice of burning gays alive continued in Europe until the latter part of the 18th century.

          • I think gays should simply be castrated.

            Easy.

            Their sperm does nothing to procreate the species.

          • Tom Mullen

            Yeah, come by and try. You won’t have a head you stupid, sick f*ckin creep.

      • Publius3

        Make no mistake, as a Christian, I recognize that homosexuality is a sin – and we are all born sinners – (it’s in our nature). That’s why Jesus said, “you must be ‘born again’!” [John 3] And that’s why the Holy Spirit was sent – to give us power over sin.

        • Merv99

          If this were just a theological issue, then Christians could discuss it among themselves in church. But, they insist on forcing it on people who have no interest in knowing or following their religion.

          • Publius3

            You’re the pot calling the kettle black.

          • Merv99

            Really? I don’t recall gay people filing initiatives to literally execute all Christians in California.

          • darthangel

            Although I have heard multiple liberals speak openly of wanting to kill Christians, I have never actually heard a christian tell me they want to kill gays. Christians would rather convert them, which I admit is patronizing, but not at the same level as wanting to kill. My point is this guy may not be a christian at all but seeking to provoke a reaction.

            Both sides have engaged in a certain amount of force to spread their views. Teaching kids about gay sex really does nothing to make them smarter and yet some leftists have called for it. Which is one of the reasons why the right gets defensive about not changing the law and why they don’t see that as forcing anything on anyone.

          • Merv99

            The man is almost certainly a Christian. In 2004, he attempted to pass an initiative to force the King James Bible to become a public school textbook throughout the state. In this initiative, he wrote: “The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.” Given the evidence, it’s reasonable to surmise he is a Christian.

            As for teaching kids about gay sex, in all but the tiniest of schools teaching sex education classes, there are almost certainly gay students, whether they are open about their sexuality or not. They deserve to hear content that is relevant to them, just as the heterosexual students do.

          • Publius3

            “Gay people” have an agenda against Christians who have lost their businesses, ruined financially, have been physically attacked and beaten so as to impose their sexual preference over Christian expression. Christians don’t do those sorts of things. The alleged lawyer who filed this is no Christian – and could be a gay himself – simply a tactic to cheaply gain a lot of attention and gin up paranoia within the gay community. Mission accomplished!

          • Kristine Rowland

            It isn’t a preference, it is an orientation.

          • Publius3

            both.

          • Publius3

            As “snopes” said about this:

            “As a whole, the initiative cannot be
            regarded as a serious legislative proposal and it could not survive any
            court review if it ever passed. Moreover, unless the initiative becomes
            backstopped by a whole lot of money, it will never gain the
            approximately 365,000 voter signatures required to place it on the
            ballot. Social conservatives would never put any serious money into this
            project when they have achieved much greater success using the theme of
            religious freedom, such as Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
            And if on the ballot, it would never pass in a state where LGBT
            residents of San Francisco are 6.2% of the population and 4.6% of the
            population of Los Angeles.

            Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/sodomite.asp#HT1yetuoPpjhlPsB.99

    • Publius3

      My theory is that this fictitious ‘lawyer’ is himself gay and made such an insane proposal to gin up paranoia within the gay community. He’s probably having a good laugh. That being said, as a Christian myself I’m glad to hear and see other Christians standing up against the insanity of such a proposal. We have all sinned and that is the reason that Christ died on the cross and became the savior to all mankind. Personally I intend not to place any credibility in such a bogus letter nor waste any more time than this post on this subject.

    • MacG

      If this guy is in fact a Christian and not poser ginning up fear he would know that God went to extraordinary lengths to not pour out his wrath on the righteous in the S&G story, nor in the Passover. So his rationale is based on fear of God’s wrath taking him as a sort of collateral damage he ought to study some more. Especially in Ezekiel 16 God says why he did what he did and it is more comprehensive than being gay…maybe the rich and aloof have something to worry about after all…

  • Revcon

    Big Deal – anyone can “lookup” an attorney on the Cal-Bar website.
    [http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch] What is
    REALLY important here is NOT the attorney himself – it’s the idea of
    submitting a nonsense initiative that could never pass muster as law.
    It’s a waste of time for all of us. I wish to STOP this. Help me stop
    this. I am full-up in doing a federal lawsuit and need a few people to
    assist me in filing for an order by the Superior Court Judge here to the
    Cal AG to reject the proposal as it could never be “law” in
    California. Do you have some time to work with me on this project. I
    need to move quickly. Such an action can be typed up in just a few
    hours, preceded by maybe up to a day of research and review on the fine points (and a trip to Staples to copy it), a few more hours to go file it (I am forma pauperis, so NO filing fees)
    and then a day or two to get it served. This would include a
    preliminary injunction pending the work by the AG under initiative rules. Please help me. I want to stop this idiocy. E-mail me at afactivists@aol.com if you can help me with the details. Thank

  • Revcon

    I have read a lot of the comments below and everyone is focusing ON THE ATTORNEY wanting to complain (submit complaints) about him to the bar and expressing all kinds of wrath about his mental stability. ALL OF THAT IS IRRELEVANT. The only important thing is the simply stop the process right away – it’s a waste of time – it can never become law (even with a million signatures – remember the appeal courts overturned previous passed initiatives. Help me get a mandate/injunction from the local Superior Court Judge and a waiting period. See my comment below and let’s stop bickering and talking nonsense ourselves/wasting time. Help me get the below proposed action prepared, filed and served (I am in forma pauperis, so no fee). Come on – e mail me and help. afactivists@aol.com

    • busterkeaton

      um if it’s a waste of time then it’s a waste of time. The real issue is YES WHO FILED this mess because it stinks of Political Trolling. You make no sense saying this won’t go anywhere and then trying to mobilize people to take action against it. There doesn’t need to be any action taken. It’s stupid. It might as well be non existent and no one needs to do anything to stop it. It will never ever ever become law it’s ridiculous.

      • Revcon

        I am sorry you missed the point. There is a concept called the “Peaceful Majority”. Hitler had his “peaceful majority”. These are the masses of people who never want to get off their asses and do anything and look what happened to Germany. America is in the same stages of Germany with OUR dictator and HIS dictations (executive actions). So In THIS case, we can all sit around and watch this stupid thing go forward and waste a lot of money and people’s time or “we” can do a simple case in the Superior court for a temporary injunction/mandate – quick and easy to write, copy and file. AND STOP IT. Sorry if you don’t think that is worthwhile – but then, what was the “Peaceful Majority”

  • DuneDude

    Kill all lawyers-Shakespeare

  • Dauger

    Let this proceed, then publish the names and address of everyone who signs this petition. Let the people of California know who among us has genocidal urges…

    • Revcon

      I liked that movie, MINORITY REPORT, how about you?

  • Marrisha

    A search of George Mason University’s alumni site returns zero results for Matthew McLaughlin and the same result for Matthew Gregory McLaughlin. Don’t people have to provide ID to file a ballot initiative in California?

  • caughy

    His identity will be confirmed soon. His career and reputation as a attorney is finished in California. He may well be disbarred. Fools like this are morally no different than the Taliban or ISIS.

  • Ro Chambeaux

    It’s got to be a troll job. Nobody, no less an attorney, is untraceable.

  • zendoggie

    My suspicion is that this is more an effort to draw attention to how stupid the California ballot initiative process is…not to be taken at face value.

  • Arch Chaney

    The California Bar Association website shows this guy as an active member. His California Bar member Number is 198329.

  • Ralph

    According to the State Bar of California, Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, Esq

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/198329

  • Jessica H.

    your article summarized just what I was thinking!!

  • Dog Gone

    In your busy checking of this attorney, did you look him up on the website provided by the California bar association? It might provide some interesting additional information, including if he’s ever had a complaint with the bar filed against him, and if he is currently in good standing with the bar.

    You might also get a better address for him.

  • diditweetthat

    Or is HE?!?!?!? Show me a guy who writes a law like that, and I’ll show a guy who is dealing with the emotions of pedophilia…. let’s hope he was the one abused, and not CURRENTLY THE ABUSER!

    #DontDiddleAnyoneElseMattMcLaughlin

  • Dirty Laundry

    So, for $200 I too can submit a wacko ballot initiative and get worldwide media attention?

    Seems more like a good way to play the media than anything else… especially on a slow news day.

  • Mark O. Hammontree
  • Billie McGregor

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Matt McLaughlin and then some. But I could use a favor from a Wonkette editor/contributor about a tip on another story.

    http://marycumminsrealestatemarycummins.blogspot.com/

  • Revcon

    I need help in covering some costs in filing an “injunction” pending the hearing to stop this ballot initiative. Anyone interested in helping? Please email to: afactivists@aol.com thanks

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