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a Long Beach Democrat likened the little-known provision to race restrictions on property deeds, characterizing both as outdated and offensive.
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"Until we change the books, California law still says the government needs to cure homosexuality," Lowenthal said. "Can you imagine how ridiculous that is?"