The gay panic defense is a legal defense against assault and murder charges on the grounds that the defendant acted out of “a state of temporary insanity” because of homosexual panic, a “psychiatric condition” in which one suffers temporary psychosis caused by unwanted homosexual advances.
In other words, the gay panic defense makes it ok to kill someone who is gay (or someone you believe to be gay) because they are hitting on you (or you are afraid that they may hit on you).
While losing credibility due to its complete lack of scientific proof, this defense was used in the Matthew Shepard case and is still totally legal in Australian Common law.
There’s a petition on Change.org to eliminate this defense from the books and hold homophobes accountable when they attack innocent people.
Click here to sign the petition and help aid in the prosecution of hate crimes.