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California Bans "Gay Panic Defense"

 You can no longer weasel out of a murder charge by claiming you were freaked out by learning that was a dude you were doing. Well, at least not in California.

Current California law lets a murder charge be reduced to manslaughter if the killing happened in the heat of passion - the so-called "gay panic defense". Haters charged with murdering members of the LGBT community have been able to claim they acted in a "moment of passion" when they learned the victim was gay, and therefor their crime met the requirements for a reduced charge of manslaughter. The bill that passed the Assembly this week will bar defendants from using their victim's gender or sexual orientation to support a panic defense. An identical bill passed the state senate in May so as soon as Gov. Brown signs it, it's a done deal.

The American Bar Association has called for curtailing the use of the "gay panic" defense for some time. California is the first state to ban using the "heat of passion" defense because the victim was LGBT.

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Move to Canada kids!  We don't have the incredibly abusive/abused legal system you seem to have

Check your facts Kid. the gay panic defense still exists in Canada, in most provinces and territories.

why is THE DESTROYER on a gay site reading news about gbtl related articles?  oh  bother........

The Destroyer...you are funny!
Just curious why are people so freaked out about gays.
Grow some manhood and be secure with yourself.. Lord and they call us sissys!

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The American Bar Association has called for curtailing the use of the "gay panic" defense for some time. California is the first state to ban using the "heat of passion" defense because the victim was LGBT.

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GOOD....sounds like a SILLY excuse to me any how, and i'm STRAIGHT....being around someone who is GAY, is NOT going to turn you gay is you are NOT wired that way....Gov. Brown had been GOOD for the LGBT community.

Here in the good old U.S.A., we need at least 1 or 2 days a year when it's open season legally on slaughtering gays!   Sort of like that movie, "The Purge"!!

Woo Hoo!!  Let the good times roll!!

Because gays are a serious threat to your masculinity no doubt! LOL! I swear, you Homophobes are so weak. You couldn't handle half the stuff us gay dudes manage ;-)

 'Gay Panic Defense'? As in, 'holy shit, it's a gay dude, what if homosexuality is contagious and I turn gay oh no, oh no, I better beat this gay up before I turn gay too!'?

Homophobes. Homophobes everywhere.

Seriously, "gay panic defense"? WTF is wrong with a man that panics in the presence of gay men? Are their sexualities that fragile they fall to pieces if they get around dudes who like other nudes naked? Geeze- I knew we gay men were powerful but DAMN! Lol!

I want to say "about time", but it's about 30 years too late.  Hate-killers have been slaughtering gays on San Francisco streets with utter impunity for decades. The SF Public Defenders office has used this cynical ruse successfully to ensure that not one killer of a gay person in that city has ever been convicted.   Maybe that will change now.

they will probably try some OTHER stupid excuse.....i'm straight, and have NO PROBLEMS with GAYS....i have MORE problems with RELIGIOUS people, then gays.

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