The ballot initiative was proposed by Huntington Beach attorney Matt McLaughlin, who also proposes that anyone found to be distributing "sodomistic propaganda [sic]" be fined with up to $1 million, be imprisoned for up to 10 years in jail and/or be exiled from the state of California for life.
Because McLaughlin paid a necessary fee of $200 to the State of California, the initiative must now head to Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, who has to—by law—prepare a circulating title and 100-word summary in order to pass it along to the Secretary of State's Office. Once it reaches the Secretary of State's Office, the proposal must then collect a total of 365,000 signatures in a span of 90 days in order to be put on the 2016 ballot.
If the State of California refuses to pass the bill, however, McLaughlin states in his proposal that:
the general public is empowered and deputized to execute all the provisions hereunder extra-judicially, immune from any charge and indemnified by the state against any and all liability.
In other words, the public could shoot gays without the legal authorization to do so and get away with murder.
The Sacramento Bee reports that Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, who is a member of the Legislature's LGBT Caucus, released a statement to the State Bar asking for an investigation into McLaughlin.
"I support freedom of speech, but calling for state sanctioned execution of a protected class calls into question the proponent’s character and judgment,” Lara said.