“She is immoral and has besmirched the name of our village,” one of the woman’s neighbours told the press.
South Australian Attorney-General Vickie Chapman says a bill will be drafted for public consultation with a view to remove the defence by the end of the year.
“We categorically condemn this anti-gay violence and call on the Malaysian authority to investigate on this hate crime,” local LGBTI rights group PELANGI Campaign tweeted.
The 16-21 year olds face the death penalty over accusations they beat a transgender woman to death, cracking her skull and causing internal haemorrhaging in the brain.
Thomas posted a video saying he wanted to spread a “positive message” and to pursue restorative justice with the 16-year-old, who met with him and apologised for the attack.
In Victoria, there are currently no legal protections against LGBTI-specific hate speech.
“Today we suffer an added layer of pain from learning that he was most likely killed because of who he was as a human being,” Bernstein’s father said.
“If they cross the line into threatening or inciting violence they will not go unpunished.”
Huizar heard the man yell “fucking faggots” before he was stabbed in the neck and pushed out of harm’s way by his partner Gabriel, who bore the brunt of the assault.