New York Gov. signs ‘gay/trans panic’ ban

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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill banning the “gay/trans panic” criminal defense during Pride celebrations in New York City.

According to NBC affiliate WHEC, Cuomo promised to send the defense into “the dust bin of history” with the signing of the new bill. The bill will no longer allow defendants in criminal cases to claim they were traumatized when they found out someone was gay or transgender and lashed out. 

New York’s legislature passed the bill banning the defense last month. With the signing, New York becomes the seventh state to ban the “gay/trans panic” defense. Hawaii banned it just last week.

A bill to ban the “gay/trans panic” defense nationally was introduced in Congress in early June. Illinois has banned it since 2017.

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