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Author of gay homicide measure speaks; says he’s defending religious values

Kamala Harris speaks to the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 in Sacramento.
Kamala Harris speaks to the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 in Sacramento. bnguyen@sacbee.com

Orange County Attorney Matt McLaughlin, who is trying for the second time to place a measure on the ballot authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians, said Wednesday he sees himself as defending traditional religious values.

“What I’m proposing is not murder,” McLaughlin said in an exclusive telephone interview with The Sacramento Bee. “I’m proposing the laws as they’ve ever been. The Bible doesn’t change.” Attorney General Kamala Harris, citing a court’s decision on his first proposal, rejected his second.

McLaughlin said that for centuries, homosexuality was a crime, often punishable by death, but as gays and lesbians won legal and political battles for their rights, “I feel mine were attacked. I’m a Bible believer.” Christian supporters of gay rights have noted that Jesus never spoke about homosexuality.

McLaughlin was particularly incensed, he said, when the state Judicial Council barred judges from participating in civic groups believed to be discriminatory, such as the Boy Scouts, while allowing them to publicly espouse gay rights.

“When I saw that I was irritated,” McLaughlin said, referring to the advance of gay rights as “sodomites got revenge.”

McLaughlin said he purposely didn’t defend his first ballot proposal, a statute law, when Harris asked a judge for permission to keep it from the ballot. He said he devised his second as a constitutional amendment, which he thought she would have to clear for signature gathering.

Relying on Judge Raymond M. Cadei’s decision on the first proposal, Harris’ office on Tuesday rejected McLaughlin’s second.

“I don’t know what I should do at this point,” McLaughlin said. “It’s wrong what’s she’s doing. She’s putting the onus on me to file a lawsuit.”

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