California judge agrees to dismiss kill-gays ballot measure

Jun 23, 2015 5:13 PM by News Staff

A judge in Sacramento has relieved California's attorney general of the duty to process a proposed ballot initiative that advocated killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei ruled late Monday that the so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was patently unconstitutional. He said it would be inappropriate and a waste of public resources for Attorney General Kamala Harris to have to prepare an official title and ballot summary for it.

Harris asked for a judge's permission in March to not process the initiative through a legal complaint against its sponsor, Orange County lawyer Matthew McLaughlin.

After McLaughlin did not attempt to defend the measure in court, the attorney general last week sought a default ruling in her favor, a request Cadei granted.

McLaughlin did not immediately reply to a telephone call seeking comment.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular