Proposal title:'Gay Panic Defense Ban' Author:Crowheim Purpose: To ban the use of the Gay Panic Defense and other defenses rooted in discrimination against certain sexes, sexual orientations, or gender identities as an excuse or justification for criminal conduct.
Citing previous efforts by the World Assembly to act against discrimination of members of the LGTBQ+ community (e.g. in GA 35 "The Charter of Civil Rights" or GA 91 "A Convention on Gender", among others), the at-vote resolution, "Gay Panic Defense Ban", reaffirms those advances, itself focusing on the area of criminal law. While previous WA law on this topic mainly dealt with an accused person's rights, the resolution at hand protects the victims of criminal offences by banning someone's sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity from somehow making a discriminatory difference in court proceedings, thereby prohibiting practices such as the notorious "Gay Panic Defense" (where a defendant, who is arraigned for a physical attack on an individual identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, would claim a perceived sexual assault by that individual in order to make a calculated crime committed out of bigotry look like self-defense). The proposal is short and to the point, while also presenting satisfactory arguments and upholding a good level of writing. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Gay Panic Defense Ban".