In addition to being named after an offensive phenomenon, the "gay panic" defense has been exploited time and time again. A person is responsible for their actions and emotions, no matter how angry they become. Because of this, they are also responsible for the repercussions of those actions and the punishment that comes with the crime. There is also no scientific evidence of the phenomenon being real.
I don’t think that the American Bar Association should ban
the use of the term "gay panic" in a defense. Although somewhat hard to prove in court, gay
panic is a real phenomenon. If a man
takes what he thinks is a woman home from a night club and they eventually have
sex, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the reacts violently upon discovering
that this woman he has taken home is actually a man.