ABA to lawmakers: Ban use of ‘gay panic’ defense


The American Bar Association (ABA) has formally voted to explicitly declare that the so-called gay or trans “panic defense” should not be used during prosecutions. What does this mean, and what work is still to be done?

This week, the ABA House of Delegates passed by unanimous vote a resolution that urges federal and state lawmakers as well as local governments to pass measures against the use of the gay or trans panic defense by criminal defendants.

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