09.29.06 By Troy Espera, 247gay.com
A California bill which limits the use of the 'gay panic' defense was signed into law today by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, rendering the controversial strategy ineffective in justifying brutal crimes based on the victim's race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or other protected status.
Authored by State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-San Jose), A.B. 1160, also known as the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act, addresses the use of the so-called 'gay panic' defense by criminal defendants in murder cases. Continue?