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Calif. Assembly approves ban on ‘gay panic’ defense, bill heads to governor

| Wednesday, August 27, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday.

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Calif. lawmakers consider bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in slayings

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called "gay panic" defense to escape murder charges.

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Bar association: ‘Gay panic’ defense should be curtailed by legislation

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Association voted Monday in favor of a resolution urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation restricting the availability and effectiveness of the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses by criminal defendants.

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Appeals court upholds ruling that ‘gay panic’ was not sufficient defense

| Monday, June 20, 2011
A Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's decision rejecting use of the so-called "gay panic defense" in a case where the defendant attacked and severely beat another man for what he testified was unwanted sexual advances.

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