The verdict is in- gay people are just asking for it.
The murderer of Victor Manious, a 62 year old man from Michigan, has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum 15 years. Steven Scarborough, 22, faced felony murder charges that carried a life without parole sentence, but used the standard "gay panic" defense, saying he killed him as "a reaction to Manious' sexual advances."
And it worked.
Prosecutors said that Scarborough lured Manious from a gay bar intending to rob him, but ended up murdering him by bludgeoning him with a baseball bat. Manious' body was later found in the trunk of his car. Scarborough spent the days following the murder shopping and traveling with Manious' credit cards.
Scarborough was actually fleeing other criminal charges in Tennessee when he committed the murder in Michigan. His Lawyer, Paul Denenfeld, said:
The jury was aware of his previous record and obviously believed that he was a victim of an assault.
So, Scarborough lured a 62 year old man from a gay bar to rob him, then killed him, stuffed him in a trunk, and went a shopping spree with his credit cards. And Scarborough was the victim??
It is disgusting that "gay panic" is still a viable defense in this country. It seems that even being around a gay person is reason enough to kill them. And if he hits on you, then by all means take matters into your own hands...
It is becoming more and more clear to me that many people think our community is simply asking for it. When a 22 year old man fleeing from the law can bash a 62 year old man's head in and then paint himself as the victim, it sends a clear message that it is completely acceptable to murder LGBT people.
While this isn't a new tactic (people have been using gay and trans panic as a defense for years), it boggles my mind that it can still work. It simply shows that many view our community as somehow subhuman and deserving of whatever comes our way...