Nevada Becomes Fourth State to Ban “Gay and Trans Panic” Defense

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by Brandon Voss
May 18, 2019


Nevada is the fourth state to prohibit use of the “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense in court, Nevada Current reports.

Senate Bill 97, which was signed into law this week, bans those accused of committing violent crimes from using their victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as a defense.

Nevada joins California, Rhode Island, and Illinois as the only states with laws explicitly banning the defense. Legislation similar to SB 97 has been introduced in New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

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