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Hate Crime Laws Around The Country

President Obama plans to sign a bill on Wednesday adding protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people to the federal hate crimes statute. U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the early 1990s set constitutional parameters for hate crime laws, which had been challenged on free-speech grounds.


How to use this map: To highlight the states that have hate crime laws covering particular types of bias, check the box corresponding to the bias category. All states that have a hate crimes law cover crimes motivated by race, religion or ethnicity.



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