Politics & Government

California repeals 60-year-old law seeking 'cure' for gays

California is poised to give up on "curing" gays and lesbians.

Legislation to eliminate a decades-old law requiring the state to seek a cure for homosexuality has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The long-ignored provision in the state's Welfare and Institutions Code was written 60 years ago in response to the molestation murder of 6-year-old Linda Joyce Glucoft in Los Angeles.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, a Long Beach Democrat likened the little-known provision to race restrictions on property deeds, characterizing both as outdated and offensive.

"Until we change the books, California law still says the government needs to cure homosexuality," Lowenthal said. "Can you imagine how ridiculous that is?"

at sacbee.com