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U.S. hate crime laws 

A timeline of legislative
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State government activities:

On 2001-MAR-20, Focus on the Family, a Fundamentalist Christian organization, issued a series of alerts to parents about U.S. programs and legislation at the state level that are geared to increase the acceptance of homosexuality. 1 Two of the alerts deal with hate crimes legislation -- which Focus refers to as "ethnic intimidation laws." They advocate that everyone oppose these bills:

bullet Colorado: 2001: A hate-crimes bill, SB 75, would add four new protected categories. People would be protected from hate-crimes on the basis of their age, gender identity, mental disability and sexual orientation. It was passed by the Senate but rejected by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.
 
bullet West Virginia: 2001: A bill, SB 23, would add sexual orientation to the state's hate-crimes law. Like all other proposed laws, it would protect all persons: heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual from being victimized on the basis of their sexual orientation. It wold also protect people victimized because of physical disability. The bill passed the Senate but died in the House Judiciary Committee. Similar bills had been proposed each year for at least the prior eight years; none have passed.
 
California: 2001-2004: SB 1234 added consistency to existing hate-crime legislation. It was passed by the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Schwarzennegger (R) on 2004-SEP-22. It became effective on 2005-JAN-01. More information. 2

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Stand up for your children," Focus on the Family, at: http://www.family.org/
  2. Allie Martin, "California Christians Urge Hate Crimes Bill Veto," Agape Press, 2004-AUG-26, at: http://www.crosswalk.com/

Copyright 1999 to 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2007-APR-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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