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April 26, 2010
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California Assembly Passes Bill Repealing Gay 'Cure' Language from State Code
Code instructs state to research 'cure' for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals
Sacramento -- The California Assembly today passed an Equality California-sponsored bill (AB2199) that would repeal a particularly offensive section of the California Welfare and Institutions code, which instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the "causes and cures of homosexuality." The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), passed with strong bipartisan support.
"Sexual orientation is not a matter of choice any more than one's height, and neither can be changed," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California. "We are thrilled with the passage of this vital bill, as all Californians regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve to be treated equally and with dignity and respect."
The code implies that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is harmful and that LGBT individuals can and should be cured, in direct contradiction with an enormous body of research that demonstrates otherwise.
"It's discriminatory, it's insulting and it has to go," Lowenthal said. "Sixty years is more than long enough."
For more information about Equality California legislation, go to http://www.eqca.org/legislation.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed over 60 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org