End California’s search for the “gay cure”
Posted on April 30, 2010
by David Cohen

I got this email from Geoff Kors Executive Director Equality California and it is my duty as a publisher to share it with all of our readers. Please let your friends know about the “gay cure”. Don’t allow right-wing extremists to propagate the myth that sexual orientation is a choice and an illness.

Outrageously, California law instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the supposed “causes and cures of homosexuality.”

Yesterday, the California Assembly — with only one member voting no — passed an EQCA-sponsored bill, authored by Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), to repeal this dangerous law. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

But the anti-LGBT right-wing is already activating their base to kill this bill. Why? Because they know that when people learn that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be changed they are much more likely to support full equality.

The Traditional Values Coalition has made defeating this bill a priority — they want the state to support their dangerous position that sexual orientation can be changed. The Traditional Values Coalition has added this bill to their “Target List” of bills to be defeated saying:

“AB 2199 would forever strike from the Welfare and Institutions code the requirement that the State Department of Mental Health conduct research on the ’causes and cures of homosexuality.’ Right now, this is required in the law. But homosexual advocates do not want the state to study ways to help people leave the homosexual lifestyle. They want the world to think that people are ’born gay.’”

Sign our petition to the Governor urging him to support repealing this offensive law! And please forward this email to everyone you know asking them to contact the Governor today!

We must remove this blatantly false, offensive and dangerous language from California Law and educate Californians that sexual orientation is not a choice. People no more choose to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender than they do to be straight. And when people learn the truth, they move to support equality.

Please urge Governor Schwarzenegger to support this legislation so that California law will treat LGBT Californians with the dignity and respect they deserve.