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Gavin Newsom says measure to kill gays violates spirit of initiative process

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Sworn into office by Attorney General Kamala Harris on Jan. 5 at the Stanley Mosk Library in Sacramento.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Sworn into office by Attorney General Kamala Harris on Jan. 5 at the Stanley Mosk Library in Sacramento. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a prominent supporter of gay rights, said he tends to agree that Attorney General Kamala Harris has no authority to block a proposed initiative authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians from moving to the signature-gathering stage.

In an interview, Newsom said he was saddened by Huntington Beach attorney Matt McLaughlin’s blatantly illegal offering.

“Calling for people’s murder, calling for people to be killed, crosses the line and clearly is in violation of the spirit of what the initiative process was designed for,” he said.

More than a decade has passed since the former San Francisco mayor generated national attention after directing city officials to issue same-sex marriage licenses. McLaughlin’s beliefs, he said, remain widespread.

“I run into people on the street all the time that share this kind of fanaticism,” he said. “Trust me it’s alive and well.”

Newsom said he doesn’t believe the plan stands of chance of qualifying for the ballot. “I don’t think he has a chance in heck, or, I should say ‘hell’ with respect to the religious overture here,” he added.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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