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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ABA LOOKING TO BAN 'GAY PANIC' DEFENSE

A proposal that bans the use of a person's sexuality or gender identity against them in court has reached the American Bar Association (ABA). Under the referendum, the so-called 'gay panic' defense would be inadmissible in court.

In recent years, defendants have used the gay panic defense to justify violent crimes against LGBT people. The argument is that the victims brought it on themselves by sexually propositioning the assailant.

The preliminary agenda for the next ABA meeting asks that governments take "legislative action to curtail the availability and effectiveness of the 'gay panic' and 'trans panic' defenses, which seek to partially or completely excuse crimes on the grounds that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant's violent reaction".


A majority delegate vote at the annual conference in August is require to ratify the proposal. The recommendation wouldn't become national law, but will more than likely set the tone for local and federal policy.

SOURCE: GAY LIFE ABOUT DOT COM

8 comments:

  1. Great news, my gay naked brother! Thanks for sharing this! Much love!

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  2. About time too! My friends partner was brutally murdered & using this obscene defense, was able to get a slap on the wrist with a minimal sentence. Even though the perpetrator was known to associate with gay guys etc

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    1. they need to do away with wolf cry post haste!

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  3. This is also under consideration here in Australia. This excuse has been used very successfully is many cases before the courts to cover gay hate crimes even murders.

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  4. Thanks for update. I have posted this info prior as widely as I can.
    Some soul/clueless fools still think gays have a choice or worse should be exterminated. They are the sick ones not us!!

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    1. they know better than that, but I am glad this is being looked into

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