California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday to repeal a
60-year-old antigay law requiring state officials to seek a cure for
Though the law was barely enforced, "It was misguided and foolish at the time. It's completely unacceptable now," Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal said, according to the Contra Costa Times.
The law was prompted after a 6-year-old Los Angeles girl, Linda Glucoft, was molested and murdered by the grandfather of one of her friends in 1949. After much public outcry, the state enacted laws to support the study of pedophilia, which then also roped in the study of eradicating homosexuality. The remaining part of the law, which evaluates the inner workings of pedophiles, will stay on the books as a memorial to Glucoft.