Governor Andrew Cuomo goes to Pride Parade to sign bill banning & # 39; gay panic & # 39; victim
- Governor Andrew Cuomo was central to the WorldPride Parade of New York on Sunday
- The 61-year-old signed a bill that officially & # 39; gay and trans-panic defense & # 39; ended in court cases
- New York becomes the sixth state in the US to ban common courtroom tactics
- Later Governor Pride met partygoers outside of Manhattan & # 39; s Stonewall Inn
- An estimated more than three million people have descended into New York City to celebrate WorldPride
New York has become the sixth state of the & # 39; gay and trans panic & # 39; ban on defense in murder cases.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill Sunday at WorldPride in Manhattan – expected to be the largest high-level parade in New York City history.
Hundreds cheered when Cuomo, 61, scribbled his signature on Bill A2707 before telling the assembled crowd that it & & # 39; the justification of homophobia & & # 39; ends.
The & # 39; homo and trans panic & # 39; defense is a legal strategy that has been applied for decades in courtrooms in the US.
In such a defense, the perpetrator of a crime against an LGBTQ person can claim that he acted out of extreme emotional distress after hearing about the sexual or gender identity of his victim.
The defense is often used to mitigate & # 39; a case from murder to manslaughter or to justify a murder & # 39 ;, according to LGBTQ bar.
After passing the legislation on Sunday, New York follows in the footsteps of Illinois, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Nevada, all of which are the & # 39; gay and trans panic & # 39; defense.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that the & # 39; gay and trans panic & # 39; defense banned in the World Pride in New York City on Sunday
Cumo (front and center) was depicted mixed with revelers during the gay pride event
Cuomo said with many people: New York has always been the heart of the LGBT movement for equality. It started at Stonewall (Inn), it started when we organized the first Pride Day ever. And we have kept that legacy alive. & # 39;
He later met partygoers outside the Stonewall Inn, the gay bar at the center of homophobic police raids in 1969, who catalyzed the modern LGBT + rights movement.
Gay and trans panic & # 39; defenses have been used in New York murder cases for decades.
The defense was best known during the controversial lawsuit against James Dixon, a man from New York who in 2005 fatally attacked transwoman Islan Nettles.
Cumo later went to meet partygoers outside the Stonewall Inn, the gay bar in the center of homophobic police raids in 1969
Dixon's lawyers claimed that their client was flirting with Nettles before he became furious when he heard about her trans-identity.
Dixon was reportedly embarrassed and mocked by friends for flirting with a person who was born a man.
He was eventually found guilty of manslaughter – an accusation that Nettles family claims to be inadequate.
New York state law initially adopted a proposal to ban the defense earlier in the month.
Cuomo then went on Twitter to describe the move as & # 39; an important win for LGBTQ people everywhere & # 39 ;.
& # 39; With the entry into force of this measure, we are sending this harmful legal defense strategy to the trash of the history it belongs to, "he wrote.
More than three million people are said to have descended to Manhattan on Sunday to celebrate the WorldPride Parade and to celebrate the Stonewall riots 50 years ago.
Reportedly, more than three million people have descended to Manhattan to celebrate the WorldPride Parade
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