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Should the American Bar Association ban the use of "gay panic" defense by attorneys?

Asked by: chrumbelievable
  • "gay panic" defenses should be banned

    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.



    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.



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