Michigan Gov Gets Bill Banning “Gay Panic” Defense

Michigan Gov Gets Bill Banning “Gay Panic” Defense

Michigan Live reports:

It would no longer be legal to argue that someone’s sexual orientation justified assaulting them under a proposed law headed to the governor’s desk.

If signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a person charged with a violent crime couldn’t seek to reduce or evade criminal liability on claims that they lost control and reacted violently because of the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Michigan would be the 20th state in the U.S. to pass such a law banning the defense, according to the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. The defense is commonly referred to as “gay panic” or “LGBTQ+ panic.”

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