Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Pic: Dale Frost)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to repeal a law that required state health officials to attempt to find a “cure” for homosexuality.
The “gay cure law” was enacted in 1949 following the molestation of six year old Linda Glucoft by a heterosexual man.
The law was meant to compel California’s State Department of Mental Health to understand paedophilia but lawmakers also inexplicably inserted the clause about homosexuality. The measure was largely ignored over the years.
Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, who tabled the bill to repeal the law, said that while it “was misguided and foolish at the time. It’s completely unacceptable now.”
The elements of the law relating to paedophilia will, however, remain in effect to memorialise “all that was good in the Legislature’s efforts to respond to the death of that little girl.”