The Virginia House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill that would ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense.
House Bill 2132, which state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) introduced, passed by a 58-42 vote margin. The Manassas Democrat in a tweet noted three Republicans voted for her measure
The Virginia House of Delegates just voted 58-42 for my bill HB 2132 to ban the gay/trans panic defense. ?️??️⚧️
— Del. Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) February 5, 2021
Judy Shepard is among those who testified in favor of HB 2132 when it was in committee.
Eleven states and D.C. currently ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense. Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a measure that would prohibit the use of the legal strategy in the state.
Roem’s bill will now go before the Virginia Senate.