Uphill battle to achieve "gay panic" law reform

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Under current Queensland law, unwanted homosexual advances can be used as a partial provocation defence to homicide, and has been used in cases as recent as 2011 to reduce convictions of murder to manslaughter.

Catholic Father Paul Kelly began his petition against the provocation laws in 2008, and has since re-newed his campaign.

This follows the Attorney General's announcement last week regarding the government abandonment of any plans to make changes to the law.

Father Kelly's petition has now recived over 170,000 signatures and can be accessed online at change.org.