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Introduced in House (06/05/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3133


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit gay and trans panic defenses.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 5, 2019

Mr. Kennedy (for himself, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Higgins of New York, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Khanna, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Peters, Ms. Speier, Ms. Eshoo, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Cartwright, Mr. Kilmer, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Cox of California, Ms. Haaland, Ms. Moore, Mr. Soto, Mr. Pappas, Ms. Sánchez, Mr. Crist, Mrs. Torres of California, and Mr. Cárdenas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit gay and trans panic defenses.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Prohibition on gay and trans panic defenses.

(a) In general.—Chapter 1 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

§ 28. Prohibition on gay and trans panic defenses

“(a) Prohibition.—No nonviolent sexual advance or perception or belief, even if inaccurate, of the gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation of an individual may be used to excuse or justify the conduct of an individual or mitigate the severity of an offense.

“(b) Past trauma.—Notwithstanding the prohibition in subsection (a), a court may admit evidence, in accordance with the Federal Rules of Evidence, of prior trauma to the defendant for the purpose of excusing or justifying the conduct of the defendant or mitigating the severity of an offense.”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 1 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


“28. Prohibition on gay and trans panic defenses.”.

(c) Report.—The Attorney General shall submit to Congress an annual report that details prosecutions in Federal court involving capital and noncapital crimes committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals that were motivated by the victim’s gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.