Gay and Transgender Panic

June 4, 2019

Today the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would ban the “gay and transgender panic” defense. As a co-introducer of the bill I am proud of our state for implementing this necessary measure to ensure all individuals feel safe.

The bill prohibits defendants from claiming that a violent act was triggered by the revelation of a victim’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

This defense is a mockery of our judicial system. It’s very existence is based on hatred, discrimination & homophobia. Passage of this legislation is not only a victory for the LGBTQ+ community, but a victory for those of us who recognize the importance of equal protection under the law for everyone.

The measure was already approved by the Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. 

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