Governor Rauner bans "gay panic" defense

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CHICAGO, Ill., (AP) -- On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed two new bills into law which will take effect in January.

One of the bills the Republican Governor approved bans what's known as the "gay panic" defense in murder cases in Illinois. Among other things, the law bars the use of a victim's sexual orientation as a justification for murder.

California has a similar law.

The other bill will allows Illinois authorities to prosecute out-of-state dealers for deaths caused by their sales.

The new law is named after Evan Rushing, a southwestern Illinois man who died of an overdose after buying drugs from a St. Louis dealer.