“Yeah, I killed him, but he did worse to me.” These are the words of a man who reacted to some “gentle touching” from a gay man by ramming his victim’s head against a wall until he was unrecognisable, and then stabbing him to death .
This infamous 1997 case enshrined the “gay panic” defence in Queensland law — allowing accused murderers to have charges downgraded if their victim was gay and “came onto” them.
The Attorney-General said on radio this week that ending the “gay panic” loophole is “unnecessary” — and that efforts to close it last time were merely a “political football”.
Father Paul has now reopened the campaign and is pushing for Campbell Newman to declare his personal position — and finally end this “archaic” law. He is looking at personally delivering it to Newman if it reaches 40,000 signatures.
You can see the media about Attorney-General’s comments here: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2012/07/03/gay-panic-to-stay/80192
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