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  If the bill passes, Oregon will only be the 13th state to outlaw the LGBTQ+ panic defense   This is a step in the right direction toward justice for LGTBQ+ Oregonians  

Story by KGW Staff - Story Source
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 2:07 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon - Senate Bill 704, aimed at providing clarity and justice in crimes committed against LGBTQ+ Oregonians by changing current laws that allow for a "gay panic defense," has passed in the Oregon Senate.

Under current Oregon law, it is possible to commit an act of murder in the second degree or claim self-defense because the act was committed due to an "extreme emotional disturbance" caused by the victim's gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. This is colloquially called the "gay panic defense." SB 704 bans the use of this defense.

"The fact that this defense is available in state law is a relic of hate against LGTBQ+ individuals," said Sen. Katie Lieber. "No one should be able to use a person's identity to justify or excuse acts of violence against them. Legal protection for bigotry is absolutely unacceptable and repealing this antiquated and hateful law is long overdue."