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Two Democratic Massachusetts lawmakers are pressing for legislation that crack down on the use of so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in federal court.

The Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward Markey and in the House by Rep. Joe Kennedy.

The measure seeks to curtail the use of a controversial legal defense aimed at reducing penalties for people who claim that they committed violent crimes against gay or transgender people because the person’s sexuality or gender identity caused them to “panic.”

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The measure seeks to curtail the use of a controversial legal defense aimed at reducing penalties for people who claim that they committed violent crimes against gay or transgender people because the person’s sexuality or gender identity caused them to “panic.”

“Sexual orientation or gender identity cannot ever excuse violence, and our courtrooms should not be used as chambers of hate,” Markey said in a statement.

“Gay and trans panic legal defenses reflect an irrational fear and bigotry toward the LGBTQ community and corrode the legitimacy of federal prosecutions.”

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