Cuomo signs legislation banning gay and trans 'panic defense'

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation ending the so-called gay and transgender defense.

It now bans people who attack or kill a gay person from arguing they panicked because of the victim's sexuality and claiming they were under emotional distress upon learning the victim is gay or transgender.

The legislation would make it so that excuse is not a reasonable explanation.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."