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Cuomo signs legislation outlawing 'gay panic' defense in NY



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that would kill people who kill or gay person from arguing they had sex with their victim.

The Democrat signed the bill on Sunday in Manhattan, where he was taking part in the city's LGBTQ pride march.

The state Legislature passed the measure earlier in June.

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Previously, those accused of violent attacks could argue that they were under extreme distress, that they panicked after the victim made a sexual advance or otherwise revealed their sexuality.

The legislation made it so that it could not be considered a "reasonable explanation" for a violent crime.


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