ABC News reports:
A measure prohibiting homicide defendants from claiming a defense that panic brought on by a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity has been passed by lawmakers in Washington state.
Nine states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey New York and Rhode Island — have legislatively banned the use of gay or transgender panic as a legal defense.
The Washington measure, passed by the Senate on a bipartisan 46-3 vote Wednesday, is named after Nikki Kuhnhausen, a transgender teen who was killed last year. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
A high five to Washington state, which is poised to become the 10th US state to ban the trans and gay panic defense after the Senate passed the Nikki Kuhnhausen Bill.
— Monica Roberts (@TransGriot) February 26, 2020