Wednesday, March 25, 2015

If the California "murder the gays" guy wanted 15 minutes of fame - mission accomplished

Murder Victim

Matthew G. McLaughlin, a lawyer working out of a strip mall in Huntington Beach California, is the author of “The Sodomite Suppression Act” which he hopes to put before the state's voters in 2016. Basically this would deputize the entire state to participate in the murder gay people. For a $200 investment (the filing fee) Mr. McLaughlin has received a considerable amount of attention. Now the venerable New York Times has picked up the story. For the Times this is more about California's broken initiative system. As they point out:
It appears highly unlikely that the lawyer, Matthew G. McLaughlin, can collect the 365,880 signatures of registered voters — 5 percent of the total who voted for governor in the last election — needed to put the initiative on the ballot. Even if he does, it seems even more unlikely that it would ever pass in this state. And even if it did, opponents said, it would almost certainly be thrown out by a judge.
One of the interesting things about this is that McLaughlin refused comment to the Times. Unusual for someone seeking attention. I have no idea what this guy is up to. He has received no support as I can tell and has probably ruined any chance of establishing a decent law practice. Indeed, there is a petition asking the bar association to revoke McLaughlin's ticket.

Given how self-destructive this all is I am wondering if Mr. McLaughlin is coming to terms with his own sexuality. Certainly he knows that this has no chance of ever becoming law. If I lived in Huntington Beach, or nearby, I would politely call on Mr. McLaughlin to find out what this is really all about. His office is between Cricket Wireless and Thao & Hair, just like every powerhouse attorney.

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