CA Assembly Panel Approves Bill to Strike Down ‘Gay Cure’ Law

The bill introduced by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal that was raised in Kyra Phillips' irresponsible and damaging CNN segment yesterday (Phillips yesterday promised more 'exploration' on the topic) passed an Assembly Committee yesterday, the SF Chronicle reports:

Lowenthal  "It took awhile to get the bill out of the Public Safety Committee, however, as several legislators declined to cast a vote on the measure.

At issue is a 60-year-old section of the Welfare and Institutions code that directs the state Department of Mental Health to '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, and into methods of identifying potential sex offenders.' … The bill's passage seemed like a slam dunk, but several assemblymen abstained from the vote, including Danny Gilmore, R-Hanford (Kings County) and Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge (Los Angeles County). Portantino expressed concern that the parts dealing with sex offenders would be stricken by the proposed law."

CNN's Kyra Phillips: Is Homosexuality a Problem in Need of a Cure? [tr]
California Law Still Requires Health Officials to Seek Cure for 'The Gay' [tr]


  1. Robert says

    I don’t necessarily blame Danny Gilmore of Hanford for not voting. Hanford is a HUGELY religious little town (that I come from) and they can be absolutely vile when it comes to anything that is not church related, much less homosexuality. I don’t know Mr. Gilmore’s views particularly, but even if he did have any proactive viewpoints, he’d basically be shooting himself if he acted upon them in Hanford. Smart move by not voting.

    And for the people who think that he should have voted regardless, you simply do not know how awful Hanford is. Its the reason why I moved to Fresno…

  2. LetSodomRing says

    Gee, maybe Hanford is so awful because nobody ever stands up to it? To the point where even someone who is gay applauds cowardice and compliance with homophobia rather than an elected official doing his job of upholding simple human rights?

  3. Robert says

    Hanfords coming along. But to be realistic about it is the fact that he would not win his re-election if he voted Yes on this bill. I think last election it was somewhere close to 80% of Hanford voted Republican, and probably that same amount is also part of a church that runs most of Kings County.

    Yes, standing up for whats right is good and dandy, and people have done it. But you got to choose your battles, and Hanford is a losing one. Eventually, tolerance and exposure will desensitize the people to actually accept homosexuality. But as it is right now, the only real headlines regarding homosexuality in recent times was a Pro-Equality protest during the Prop 8 election, and when Hanford West decided to have a Gay-Straight Alliance. The entire community turned up and basically made it nearly impossible for anyone to join the club, forcing students to get parent permission to join any school club. I’m pretty sure student in a very conservative town is going to have a rough time if he needs parents permission, especially if said student is still questioning their own sexuality (not to mention parents own judgements).

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