NEW YORK -- Governor Cuomo has signed legislation ending the so-called 'gay and transgender defense'.
This new legislation now bans people -- who attack or kill a gay person -- from claiming that they panicked because of the victim's sexuality. The person would face legal scrutiny after claiming they were under 'emotional distress' when learning the victim is gay or transgender.
The new legislation makes it so that excuse is not a reasonable explanation.
Through Twitter, the Governor sent out a statement on why he signed the bill into New York State law.
"With the enactment of this measure we are sending this noxious legal defense strategy to the dustbin of history where it belongs," Cuomo said. "This is an important win for LGBTQ people everywhere."