California law seeking to ‘cure’ gays under scrutiny
August 26, 2010
Legislation to eliminate a 60-year-old law requiring the state to ‘cure” gays and lesbians has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [MercuryNews]
The long-ignored provision in the Welfare and Institution Code classifies gays as deviants. It requires the Department of Mental Health to search for causes and possible cures.
The bill, AB2199, was carried by Sen. Roy Ashburn. Earlier this year, Ashburn, a Republican from Bakersfield, admitted he was gay after he was cited for driving drunk while leaving a gay bar.
The measure unanimously passed the Senate without debate.