New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence

Published: August 20, 2009

New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence

A bill to abolish the so-called ‘gay panic defence’ has passed its first reading in New Zealand’s parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night. If it passes into law, the bill will remove the ability for people charged with murder to claim they were provoked. A bill to abolish the so-called ‘gay panic defence’ has passed its first reading in New Zealand’s parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night. If it passes into law, the bill will remove the ability for people charged with murder to claim they were provoked.

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