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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Help End California’s Search for the “Gay Cure”

As hard as it is to believe, California law still instructs the State Department of Mental Health to conduct research into the supposed "causes and cures of homosexuality."

Yesterday, with overwhelming bipartisan support (only one member voting no) the California Assembly passed AB2199, an EQCA-sponsored bill to repealing this law.

However, the anti-gay right-wing groups are already activating their base to put an end to this bill. Why? Because they know that when people realize that sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be "cured," they are much more likely to support full equality for the LGBT community.

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.’”

Please urge Governor Schwarzenegger to support this legislation so that California law will treat LGBT Californians with the dignity and respect they deserve. Please sign EQCA (Equality California) petition urging the Governor to support repealing this offensive law!

Click here to sign the petition!

And please tell everyone you know asking them to contact the Governor today!

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