Governor Holcomb backing hate crime measure lacking protections

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Governor Holcomb backing hate crime measure lacking protections

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is backing hate crimes legislation that does not address gender identity, age or gender as protected characteristics. Yesterday came out in favor of a plan to add crimes based on sexual orientation or gender to any hate crime law in the state. The Indiana House is trying to figure out a way to revive the law. Senators gutted it last month. It comes after months of the governor calling for a tough hate crimes law. Holcomb has previously said Indiana needs to get on “the right path.”

State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) had the following comments to the governor’s endorsement of hate crimes language being added to Senate Bill 198:

“I am appalled that the governor would support the language added to SB 198. This does not constitute as a hate crimes bill; gender identity is explicitly left out of this proposal. Republicans’ blatant omission is telling Hoosiers who are attacked because of their gender identity that they don’t matter in this state. This is just another attack on the LGBTQ+ population, and I will not let the supermajority try to divide Hoosiers by only giving protections to some.”

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