Help ban the LGBTQ+ panic defense in Minnesota

Help ban the LGBTQ+ panic defense in Minnesota

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Sophia Koel started this petition to Senator Warren Limmer

The LGBTQ+ Panic defense is an outdated defense that has let murderers get away with killing LGBTQ+ people. Someone can commit a hate crime against an LGBTQ+ individual and get away with it in court by using the victims gender or sexuality as an excuse. The perpetrator of the hate crime can use the defense by claiming that they “would not have acted the way that they did if they had not felt panicked/scared by the persons gender or sexuality”. They also will be able to claim that they acted in that manner because the LGBTQ+ individual tried to force them into an unwanted same sex, sexual encounter. If someone is committing a sex crime, then it should just be under the category of criminal sexual conduct. This defense should not be available for people to use. People have gotten away with murder by using this defense. Some states have already banned it, but it’s only a handful. I need your help to ban this defense in Minnesota. A bill has been waiting to be passed by the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance Policy Committee in Minnesota for two years, and it’s still waiting to be passed. Please sign this petition. It is not okay that an LGBTQ+ individual could be hurt or killed due to a hate crime, and then the perpetrator can use this defense and not get any punishment for the crime.

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