California Senate unanimously votes to repeal anti-gay law

The California Senate on Aug. 23 unanimously passed a bill to repeal a
1950s-era law that instructs the California Department of Mental Health to
conduct research into the “causes and cures of homosexuality.”

The repeal previously passed the Assembly and heads to Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger after an Assembly concurrence vote.

“It is outrageous that California law requires the state to expend scarce
resources in a futile attempt to ‘cure’ homosexuality,” said Equality
California Executive Director Geoff Kors. “This offensive code must be
stricken from the books immediately.”

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach and sponsor of the bill, said
the Legislature’s overwhelming opposition to the law “speaks volumes about
how far we’ve come since 1950.”

By Rex Wockner


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