N.J. bans gay and transgender ‘panic defenses’

NBC News
by Tim Fitzsimons
January 22, 2020

New Jersey this week became the ninth state to ban the so-called gay and transgender panic defenses, joining Hawaii, California, NevadaIllinoisNew York, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island in barring the controversial legal strategy.

The bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, who said the law promotes “full equality for all our residents.”

“Gay and trans panic defenses are rooted in homophobia and abhorrent excuses that should never be used to justify violence against vulnerable populations,” Murphy said in a statement.

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