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Washington State House Passes Transgender Hate Crimes Bill

The Washington state House has joined the Senate in passing the transgender hate crimes bill, SB 5952.  Governor Gregoire supports the bill and is expected to sign it.

The state’s hate-crime law says it’s a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure someone because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

At present, the hate-crime definition of sexual orientation covers gay, straight or bisexual people. The bill approved Wednesday adds “gender expression or identity” to that definition, making the law apply to attacks on transgender people.

Lawmakers who supported the change said broadening hate-crime protections was a matter of fairness and justice. Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, said the state has a duty to defend people who are targeted solely because of who they are.

“If we do not defend the rights of those individuals, we defend the rights of no one,” said Hurst, a former police officer.

Note that this bill was passed the same year the major DP bill is being considered.  This goes to show that the supposed trans rights v. marriage equality dichotomy isn’t necessarily real.

p.s. Sorry it took me so long to get to this – been out of town until yesterday.  Was sooo happy to return to this great news!

H/T Blender Mason

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Washington State House Passes Transgender Hate Crimes Bill

The Washington state House has joined the Senate in passing the transgender hate crimes bill, SB 5952.  Governor Gregoire supports the bill and is expected to sign it.

The state’s hate-crime law says it’s a felony to threaten, damage the property of, or physically injure someone because of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

At present, the hate-crime definition of sexual orientation covers gay, straight or bisexual people. The bill approved Wednesday adds “gender expression or identity” to that definition, making the law apply to attacks on transgender people.

Lawmakers who supported the change said broadening hate-crime protections was a matter of fairness and justice. Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, said the state has a duty to defend people who are targeted solely because of who they are.

“If we do not defend the rights of those individuals, we defend the rights of no one,” said Hurst, a former police officer.

Note that this bill was passed the same year the major DP bill is being considered.  This goes to show that the supposed trans rights v. marriage equality dichotomy isn’t necessarily real.

p.s. Sorry it took me so long to get to this – been out of town until yesterday.  Was sooo happy to return to this great news!

H/T Blender Mason

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