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July 13, 2018

Kennedy & Markey Introduce Legislation to Ban Use of Gay and Trans Panic Defense

Washington, D.C. - Aiming to end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (MA-04) introduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018. "Gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses seek to excuse crimes such as murder and assault by arguing that the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked the defendant's violent reaction, blaming victims for the violence committed … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

KENNEDY DISPELS JUNK SCIENCE BEHIND TRUMP TRANSGENDER TROOP BAN

Washington, D.C. - In a letter signed by over 100 of his colleagues, Congressman Joe Kennedy III rejected the Department of Defense's policy recommendations to justify President Trump's decision to ban transgender service members from the military. By citing studies from leading scientific researchers and advocacy organizations, as well as highlighting trans troops currently serving in the military, the lawmakers dispelled the outdated and false data used by the Trump Administration to defend … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

KENNEDY STATEMENT ON MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP RULING

Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. "Allowing exemptions to our civil rights ignores the painful lessons of our nation's past. Today's Supreme Court ruling sends a dangerous signal to those across the country who wish to use religious freedom as a sword rather than a shield. Most critically, today's decision underscores the urgent need for … Continue Reading

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