Chris Foley signs the petition floated by Paul Kelly (L) to overturn the use of the term 'gay panic' in cases against murder.
Chris Foley signs the petition floated by Paul Kelly (L) to overturn the use of the term 'gay panic' in cases against murder. Karleila Thomsen

"Gay panic" defence to be dumped from Queensland law

QUEENSLAND'S "gay panic" murder defence will be removed from the criminal code, with the Attorney-General to move amendments in parliament.

An unwanted sexual advance is currently a partial defence for murder under Queensland laws.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the changes had come after a review into the laws and a petitioned nearly 300,000 people signed.

Ms D'Ath said the legislation would be introduced to parliament on Wednesday and likely debated early next year.

"This is another important step to send an important message - that the criminal code does not condone or support violence against the LGBTI community," she said.

She said the changes would remove the partial defence the laws currently provided for unwanted sexual advances - except for "a personal of exceptional character".

"Now what does that circumstance mean? That is for the courts to decide," she said.

Maryborough priest father Paul Kelly had been campaigning for the changes for years. He welcomed the proposed laws.

"It's been a long struggle but it's been worth it," he said.

Fr Kelly said he was involved in a change.org petition that more than 290,000 people signed calling for the laws to be changed.

In parliament on Tuesday, Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said the LNP was likely to support the bill - depending on the details.


-ARM NEWSDESK



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