Tuesday, April 27, 2010

California's 1950 Cure-the-Gay Mandate Repealed

     There was a small victory against the Gospel According to Hate in the California assembly yesterday.  Yey!

     On Top Magazine reports:

     On Monday, the California Assembly approved a bill that repeals a decades-old gay “cure” mandate from state code with a unanimous 62-0 vote.
     The law instructed the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the “causes and cures of homosexuality.”
     The law was placed on the books in 1950. It classifies gay men and lesbians as sexual deviants and possible child molesters.
     “It's discriminatory, it's insulting and it has got to go,” Lowenthal said. “Sixty years is more than long enough.”
     The ex-gay group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a group that claims sexual orientation can be altered, objected to repeal of the law.  Jeralee Smith, education director of PFOX California, called the repeal effort “offensive” in an interview with the Associated Press.
     CBS5 reports:
     [The bill's] author, Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach, originally proposed an outright repeal, but some lawmakers wanted to retain language that encouraged research into the causes of sex crimes against children. "The result will be the law as it should have been written 60 years ago, but now we're setting it right," Lowenthal said.
Thank you Assemblywoman Lowenthal for your support of LGBT civil rights.