Congratulations to the Queensland Government for removing 'gay panic' defence.

Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality, Terri Butler MP, has congratulated the Qld Parliament for amending section 304 of the Criminal Code to remove the ‘gay panic’ defence.

Prior to this, under Queensland law, people accused of murder could have their charges downgraded to manslaughter if they could prove their victim made a non-violent gay advance. 

“I congratulate the Queensland Government on the amendment to the Criminal Code,” Ms Butler said.

“Although there is much more to be done to promote the equal rights of LGBTI Australians, this is a positive step forward by the Queensland Government.”

 

THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2017

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