Is it really murder to kill a gay man who flirts with you? One law in
says it isn't. Australia
Sign Father Kelly's Petition
"Yeah, I killed him, but he did worse to me."
In 1997, a man in
Queensland, killed a gay man who he claimed flirted with Australia
him by bashing his head into a wall and stabbing him to death.
Today, "gay panic" is still a legal defense for murder in
that can result Queensland
in lesser charges.
In fact, just two years ago, a man was brutally killed in a
and his killer used the "gay panic" defense in court. He was subsequently acquitted
Father Paul Kelly is a priest in the parish where that man was killed, and
he started a petition on Change.org
abolish the gay panic defense. It looked like Father Kelly's Queensland
petition was headed for victory,
but now there's a new Premier in
, Campbell Newman, and he won't say whether Queensland
he will abolish the gay panic loophole.
Father Kelly thinks it's crucial to build quick international pressure on Premier
Newman, particularly from important Australian allies like the
click here to add your name to Father Kelly's petition demanding that
abolish the gay panic defense. Queensland
A recent study named
Queensland as ’s most homophobic state -- Australia
73% of gay and lesbian Queenslanders are subjected to verbal abuse or physical violence
for their sexuality
. Father Kelly believes that if the gay panic defense stands,
's gay community Queensland
will be forced to live in terror knowing that the law is on their tormentors' side.
"The support from people in
for my petition has been wonderful," Father Australia
Kelly says, "
but we need help from our friends in the
We need to send Premier Newman a message that he is being watched, and we will not
tolerate this despicable gay panic loophole."
Click here to sign Father Kelly's petition demanding that
abolish the legal loophole that justifies the murder of gay people. Queensland
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Michael and the Change.org teamorg
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I don't intend to make a gibit of using other people's writing as a substitute for my own posts. But Some things just Have to be Stopped! The problem is that there are so Many of them. Again, the organization will have to be found via Google to make the links work.
What ever happened to saying "I'm straight, no thanks, NO, or get the hell away I already Said NO?