February 18, 2021 at 6:17 pm EST | by Philip Van Slooten
Va. Senate committee approves bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense
The Virginia Capitol (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense. The measure has one more committee stop before advancing to the Senate floor.

State Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), who introduced House Bill 2132, announced the measure’s advancement via a video she posted to her Twitter page after the 9-5 vote.

Roem mentioned Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard, testified in support of HB 2132. Roem said she was “so grateful, so, so grateful that Judy … was able to testify today.”

The bill moves next to the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee before being taken up by the Senate.

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