Ohio lawmaker planning to introduce LGBT hate crimes bill

Jared Fox was badly beaten by a mob as he walked to "Cocktails Bar" on Cleveland’s west side on August 31. Fox said the men robbed, punched and stomped him, while calling him anti-gay slurs. Although police beleive the assault was a hate crime, there is no legislation in Ohio that protects LGBT people from hate crimes.

 

Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) plans to introduce a bill next week that would make crimes targeting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability a hate crime.

“A hate crime really applies to a crime committed against someone who is sending a message to the rest of the people in that community that their kind, if you will, is not wanted,” Antonio said.

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