US: Pennsylvania hate crime bill could pass this week
A Pennsylvania hate crime law that will offer more protections to gay people could pass through the state’s legislature this week.
The state has been under pressure to amend its laws – which do not currently target crime based on sexual orientation – following a brutal attack on two gay men earlier this month, which a dozen adults have been linked to.
However, State Representative Brendan Boyle – who last year published a bill to get the law amended – has announced he will push to get the bill through the legislature tomorrow.
Boyle – who has called a press conference for tomorrow morning – told PhillyMag: “Since it’s been introduced and co-sponsored and referred to committee, it could get final passage as early as Tuesday.”
He added: “It has been a year-and-a-half since I introduced it, and the Republican leadership has shown no willingness to move any piece of legislation that touches sexual orientation.
“But in the wake of this event, there’s a better chance of it happening now than months from now, when this issue will have receded from the news.”
Last week, an assistant coach at a Catholic high school resigned over his part in the attack.
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