California State Senator Ricardo Lara, an openly gay Democrat, has asked the California Bar Association to investigate the attorney who proposed a ballot initiative calling for the execution of gay people.

Matthew McLaughlin, a socially conservative lawyer from Orange County, filed the ballot initiative last month. His so-called Sodomite Suppression Act calls for the execution of gay people by “bullets to the head or any other convenient method.” It would also mandate a $1 million fine and/or up to ten years in jail against anyone who distributes “sodomistic propaganda” to minors.

Lara told the Bay Area Reporter that McLaughlin violated the California Bar's code of conduct for attorneys when he filed the ballot initiative.

“Qualification to become a licensed attorney not only includes educational requirements and an examination, but also requires demonstrated 'good moral character,'” Lara said. “The state bar's admissions rules on good moral character include that those seeking admission to the bar demonstrate respect and obedience for the law, and respect for the rights of others and the judicial process.”

A petition asking Craig Holden, president of the California Bar Association, to disbar McLaughlin has received nearly 3,500 signatures in less than two weeks.

“It is disturbing and outrageous that a lawyer admitted to the California State Bar would disgrace the profession and the state,” the petition states. “This individual is unfit to practice law. He should be immediately barred from practicing law in California.”