Bill would extend hate crimes law to gender identity and disability
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some clergy, a group that advocates for LGBTQ rights, and a group that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities are calling on Mississippi lawmakers to expand the state’s hate crimes law to cover offenses committed in because of a disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity of the victim, as federal law already does.
“When someone is targeted simply because of who they are or what abilities they do or don’t have, it’s not just a crime against them. It’s a crime against everyone like them,” Scott Crawford, who serves on the board of directors of the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, said at a press conference Monday at the state Capitol. “It intimidates and terrorizes the whole community of people.”