A push to change the law came following the sentencing of the two men who killed Wayne Ruks in 2008 after one of the men said Ruks grabbed his crotch. The men were successful in their use of the âgay panicâ defence and received lesser jail terms for the crime.
âQueenslandâs criminal code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community, or indeed any community,â said Yvette DâAth, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.
âThe passing of this legislation sends an important message that discrimination is not acceptable and that we value the LBGTI community.
âEquality before the law is a fundamental principle of human rights and the amendment to section 304 will ensure that this provision operates equally for all members of our community.â