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‘Historic moment’ as Georgia passes hate crime bill that will protect LGBTI

‘Historic moment’ as Georgia passes hate crime bill that will protect LGBTI

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The US state of Georgia has passed a bill which will outlaw hate crimes against LGBT people.

Known as HB426 it is the first time a hate crime bill protecting LGBTI has passed either legislative houses in Georgia.

‘It is truly a historic moment for Georgia,’ said Georgia Equality’s executive director Jeff Graham. Georgia Equality is the state’s largest LGBTI advocacy organization.

The General Assembly had previously passed a hate crime law. But the Georgia Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 2004. The Supreme Court ruled the law did not include enumerated categories of specifically protected groups.

‘A bill that was first passed at the state level in California in 1984 and has been a priority of Georgia LGBTQ community part since the early 1990’s has finally passed Georgia’s House of Representatives,’ Graham said.

Georgia Equality worked in coalition with ADL (Anti-Defamation League) on the hate crime legislation.

‘While we cannot outlaw anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or other forms of bigotry, we can significantly improve hate crime response in Georgia by joining the 45 other states and the District of Columbia in putting hate crime legislation on the books’ said ADL’s Deputy Regional Director Shelley Rose.

The bill’s passing comes on the same day Georgia filed legislation to ban gay conversion therapy.

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