Cuomo signs legislation outlawing ‘gay panic’ defense in NY

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that might bar individuals who assault or kill a homosexual particular person from arguing they panicked over their sufferer’s sexuality.

The Democrat signed the invoice on Sunday in Manhattan, the place he was participating in town’s LGBTQ pride march.

The state Legislature handed the measure earlier in June.

Previously, these accused of violent assaults may argue that they had been below excessive misery, that they panicked after the sufferer made a sexual advance or in any other case revealed their sexuality.

The legislation made it that such an excuse couldn’t be thought of a “reasonable explanation” for a violent crime.