San Francisco 'Intolerant Jackass Act' Moves Forward

by Jason St. Amand

National News Editor

Thursday June 4, 2015

The rival measure to the controversial "Sodomite Suppression Act," which would make homosexuality punishable by death, was cleared by the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to being collecting signatures Wednesday, CBS San Francisco reported.

The initiative, "Intolerant Jackass Act," would force the Huntington Beach, Calif., attorney Matt McLaughlin, who created the anti-gay measure, and other creators of anti-gay measures, to attend sensitivity training and donate $5,000 to an LGBT group.

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" made national headlines this year when McLaughlin, proposed the measure in March.

"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 Gomorrah," McLaughlin's draft reads.

The state of the anti-gay measure is currently in limbo, CBS San Francisco writes.

The news station writes, "Attorney General Kamala Harris sought a court injunction rescinding her obligation to prepare a title and summary for the initiative, a necessary step before proponents can begin gathering the 365,880 signatures necessary to get it on the ballot."

"This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society," Harris said in March.

The news station points out Harris' office has yet to prepare a title or summary for the initiative but did prepare one for the "Intolerant Jackass Act."