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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Judy Shepard to testify in support of Va. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense

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The Washington Blade has learned Judy Shepard will testify in support of a bill that would ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense in Virginia.

The measure — House Bill 2132 that state Del. Danica Roem
(D-Manassas) introduced — will go before a House of Delegates subcommittee on
Wednesday.

Shepard’s son, Matthew, died on Oct. 12, 1998, after two men brutally beat him and left him tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyo. One of the men convicted of murdering Matthew Shepard claimed he became after he made a sexual advance towards him.

Eleven states and D.C. currently
ban
the so-called LGBTQ panic defense. Lawmakers in Maryland are
considering a measure that would prohibit the use of the legal strategy in the
state.

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