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Australian state of New South Wales moves to ban ‘gay panic’ defense

The New South Wales Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill that would stop murderers from seeking to have their charges downgraded by claiming their victim made a gay pass at them and it looks set to be passed by the Lower House as well.

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28th March 2014 02:44

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council has passed a bill restricting provocation defenses in murder trials but the bill’s champion will surprise you.

The bill was proposed by Christian Democrats leader the Rev. Fred Nile – one of Australia’s most prominent political campaigners against LGBTI rights – and will ensure that people will not be able to use their disgust of homosexuality to argue they had diminished responsibility in committing violent acts against LGBTI people.

The bill will also prevent perpetrators of religious or cultural ‘honor killings’ from claiming diminished responsibility due to their religious or cultural sensibilities being inflamed.

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