The law was written in the very different world of 1950, and was "designed to find the causes and cures of homosexuality." It categorized homosexuals as "sexual deviants."
Of course, California legislators being what they are, they are working to repeal the law, or at least its labeling as "sexual deviant" people who are... well, sexually deviant.
Of course, agenda groups cry foul and characterize the bill as institutionalizing "bigotry" (i.e. treating homosexuality as deviant behavior for which a cure should be sought).
And equally "of course," Democrat Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, said, "It's offensive that somebody 60 years ago would try to include that as a disorder when we know it's not."
Of course, I wonder: how do we know that? Physically, it is pretty much the textbook definition of deviant behavior. So Portantino's assurance and offense must arise elsewhence. Were I the reporter, I think I would have asked him; which is why my career as a reporter would be short and memorable.
One can only suppose that it is not deviant because homosexuals say it is not deviant. It feels natural to them, they say (leaving aside issues of the complete candor of the reports). In Debbie Boone's
This is where the sensitive sniffer detects worldview. A statement like Portantino's issues from a man-centered view, where "man is the measure of all things." He devises norms and standards designed to accommodate his passions and desires, then pronounces it good, yea, very good.
Where does that issue? From the Matrix. We're all in the Matrix designed by our first parents. Serpent told Eve, "Eat this, and you shall be as gods." "Okay, sounds good to me" said our idiot grandmother; "Whatever you say, honeybunch," echoed our idiot grandfather.
The rest, quite literally, is history. Literally. Wars, rise and fall of empires, petty despots, rotten husbands, spoiled kids, witchy wives... that's history this side of Eden. Every one of us insisting on being little gods, until the real and actual God comes along and tips our pedestal.
We're like a bunch of Canaanite gods, each with his own turf. This one wants to do perverted acts with another man. But he wants to feel good about it. So he sets about "creating" a universe in which his abnormal passion is normal... because he and his drives are at its center.
Ditto this promiscuous, love-starved girl; that drug-addicted man; this thief; that apostate; this hedonist. And on and on.
So you might think I'd favor the 1950 law. On balance, while I miss a society that could call deviant behavior deviant behavior, I (A) don't see the research as a valid governmental function, for a great many reasons; and (B) don't in any way trust the government to come up with the right answers. After all, apart from Christ, what is a government but a bunch of wanna-be gods trying to mold the universe after their notions? How do they know what is right or wrong? Maybe deviance is right, and normalcy is wrong.
Nor do I have any hallucinations that government could come up with a cure. The cure is beyond man's reach. The cure for the deviancy of the lost homosexual is exactly identical to the cure for the deviancy of the lost straight-laced workaholic monogomous hetero. The cure is radical.
The cure is found in the good news of the person and work of Jesus Christ. We must be born again.
Which is beyond government research, funding, taxation, or regulation.