Can we say WTF??
Despite the fact that in January Iowa House Republicans introduced a similar to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” Iowa has now a bill passed on Thursday would prohibit Iowans charged with a violent crime could not use a victim’s sexuality or sexual orientation or gender identity as a mitigating factor in their defense.
The bill banning the “gay panic defense,” House File 159, passed the House with near-unanimous support. Rep. Mark Cisneros, R-Muscatine, was the only member to vote against it.
“This defense is both heinous and ridiculous, and this bill would eliminate it as a defense in Iowa,” Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton said.
The bill has passed the House twice in the past but has not made progress in the Senate. There has been no indication that if it were to pass the Senate this time that Republican Governor Kim Reynolds would sign it into law.