February 5, 2021 at 11:54 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Va. House approves bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense
Connor Climo, gay news, Washington Blade

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

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.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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