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house Bill H.R. 442

Should The LGBTQ Community Have Better Protections Under The Federal Definition Of Hate Crimes?

Argument in favor

LGBTQ people are far more likely than any other minority group in the U.S. to be victimized by hate crimes — they need protection under the law.

Jennifer's Opinion
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02/21/2015
In a country where you can legally be fired for your gender identity or sexuality we need more protection for lgbt people.
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06/09/2015
Considering this is no longer 1915 or 1815 I think it is high time our elected officials fulfilled the words of the constitution and let everyone pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
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Evercraft's Opinion
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04/29/2015
While in 50 years, expanding protections to LGBT people will likely sound redundant, the nation is deeply resistant to any minority group gaining equal rights.
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Argument opposed

A hate crime is a serious allegation. The current definition ensures that the crimes that are prosecuting have a serious impact on society too.

Hilemarka's Opinion
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02/11/2015
The Rule of Law applies to all citizens and there should not be "special" groups that get special treatment under the law.
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Gator's Opinion
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06/13/2016
Murder is a hate crime no matter who the victim is. What we need to do is empower all Americans (gay or otherwise) to exercise their 2ND amendment rights and defend themselves against the enemy that's at war with them and already in our country. It's time for the left to get their collective heads out of their asses.
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Lance's Opinion
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06/10/2015
No group should be held above another under the law, and LGBTQ's should be no exception.
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    In a country where you can legally be fired for your gender identity or sexuality we need more protection for lgbt people.
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    The Rule of Law applies to all citizens and there should not be "special" groups that get special treatment under the law.
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    Considering this is no longer 1915 or 1815 I think it is high time our elected officials fulfilled the words of the constitution and let everyone pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
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    Murder is a hate crime no matter who the victim is. What we need to do is empower all Americans (gay or otherwise) to exercise their 2ND amendment rights and defend themselves against the enemy that's at war with them and already in our country. It's time for the left to get their collective heads out of their asses.
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    No group should be held above another under the law, and LGBTQ's should be no exception.
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    While in 50 years, expanding protections to LGBT people will likely sound redundant, the nation is deeply resistant to any minority group gaining equal rights.
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    If all people were simply treated equally we would'nt need any special protections. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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    All crimes are based on hate. The idea that some victims are more precious than others is discriminatory, and such legislation is politically motivated.
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    Classifying certain crimes as "hate crimes" is fraught with the possibility of abuse. In the absence of CLEAR, INDISPUTABLE EVIDENCE AS TO MOTIVE, upon what are you going to base a charge of "hate crime"? Mind reading? If you base the charge on speech, that's pretty shaky ground, considering the First Amendment. Contrary to Obama's beliefs or wishes, the First Amendment has NOT been nullified by U.N. Resolution 16/18. To criminalize our speech that someone else might find offensive is UNCONSTITUTIONAL! As another Countable member stated, it is an Orwellian perversion of justice. We already have enough laws covering every kind of crime imaginable that's committed against another person or group of people! Crime is crime, regardless of the motive!
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    This is a no-brainer! Of course they should have the full protection of the law. That's what equality under the law is all about, and what rule of law is all about. And to the bigots out there, this is not about special treatment, this is about having basic protections that many of the states have irresponsibly avoided extending and in many cases were actively supporting efforts to deny people their basic rights. It's common knowledge that a lot of times, states can't be trusted to ensure rule of law, and I think Jim Crow is a shining example as to why this needs Federal oversight.
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    Yes. Violence against LGBTQ+ people is not random or unplanned. The queer community is continually targeted BECAUSE of the identities of its members. Crimes against the queer community are motivated solely by animus and should be treated as such. What happened in Orlando was a hate crime. Let's stop pretending.
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    To commit a hate crime, you are already committing a crime. Charge the offender with the crime they commit and get rid of hate crimes all together. I'm gay, and if someone were to say, assault me because I am gay, they should be charged with assault, not a hate crime just because I am gay.
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    This was not necessarily a LGBTQ issue. This type of mass shooting could have happened in a church. This was a terrorist act and should be treated as such.
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    Equal protection for all groups. No one group is more vulnerable than another. We must promote rule of law here.
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    There should be no such thing as "Hate" crimes. A crime is a crime regardless of who it is committed against. As much as the government wants to legislate and control everything else, you can't force people not to "hate". Punish this crime per the law just like you would any other.
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    If we stop all the public discussion, opinions and rhetoric and leave everyone to their own life styles as long as no one gets injured, maybe everyone could live happily. Too much talk stirs the pot.
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    Clearer definitions of hate crimes on the books protects everyone, not just the LGBTQ community. Allows legal precedent to be set in cases that will help people of other communities also vulnerable to hate crimes in the future. A hate crime is not defined as a crime against a person in a particular group, it's *because* that person is part of a particular group, irrelevant of the person's individual identity.
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    LGBT citizens should be a protected class.
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    My loved ones deserve to live their lives without fear.
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    I said no because we aware placing ourselves on a slippery slope, with recognizing everything as a hate crime. Not every class of people deserve protection under the law. Do we hate the soldiers we send off to possibly die for us? Should they have that protection!
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