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Friday, February 26, 2010

State Assemblywoman Trying To Stop The Search For a Cure -- To Homosexuality

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

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Usually government officials who try to halt the search for a cure are reviled by people around these parts -- a la Bush's war against stem cell research. But an attempt by Southern California State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal to stop research on another front will probably receive wide kudos from San Franciscans.

Lowenthal introduced a bill last Friday to delete language in state law that calls for state public health officials to find a cure to homosexuality, as reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The statute has been on the books since 1950, and was brought to the assemblywoman's attention by Equality California Director Geoff Kors.

Kors sponsored the bill, AB 2199, which would delete an anachronistic passage from Section 8050 from the State Welfare and Institutions Code that states the State Department of Mental Health "shall plan, conduct and cause to be conducted scientific research into the causes and cures of sexual deviation, including deviations conducive to sex crimes against children, and the causes and cures of homosexuality."

The law has long been dormant, but Lowenthal told the Press-Telegram that simply having it on the books "propagates blatantly false, harmful and outdated mischaracterizations." We're guessing it can't help in the arguments to legalize same-sex marriage either.

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