VICTORY! “Panic” defense ban heads to Gov. Murphy’s desk!

We just made history in the Garden State.

Moments ago, the New Jersey Senate voted to approve our ban on the gay and trans “panic” defense — a legal strategy that allows a murderer to put the blame on an LGBTQ person for their violent, deadly crime.

Thanks to you, our bill is now on its way to Governor Murphy’s desk for his signature, and New Jersey is poised to become the 9th state in the nation to outlaw this discriminatory legal malpractice.

As you probably know from my past messages, we didn’t expect to pass this bill until next year, but thanks to the support of members like you and the leadership of our allies in the legislature, we were able to swiftly move this legislation through ahead of schedule.

Will you help us keep the momentum for LGBTQ equality going into 2020 and make a $20 contribution — or whatever you can give — right now? Click here to donate.

We’re not slowing down after this victory because we still have so much more to do in 2020.

Next year, we will be advocating to reform New Jersey’s HIV criminalization laws, secure funding for LGBTQ youth homelessness, pass a bill of rights for LGBTQ older adults, implement policy recommendations from the NJ Transgender Equality Task Force, and so much more.

From passing LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum to banning the “panic” defense, 2019 has been an incredible year of success on behalf of LGBTQ New Jerseyans. Thank you so much for standing with us and making it happen.


Christian Fuscarino
Executive Director
Garden State Equality Action Fund