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Ohio: Toledo adds transgender protections to law after vicious attack

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo City Council voted 12-0 on Tuesday to bolster the city's hate-crime law to protect transgender people.

The action follows a brutal attack last month on Candice Rose Milligan, a well-known transgender activist in Northwest Ohio. She was assaulted and robbed by at least three men shouting homophobic slurs in downtown Toledo, and was hospitalized in critical condition and underwent several surgeries.

Milligan attended the meeting and had difficulty speaking to the council members because her jaw is wired shut due to the vicious attack. She said she was pleased the council toughened the law and encouraged the State of Ohio to follow suit.

House Bill 300, which is pending in the state legislature, would expand the law to include crimes committed against people because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities, according to the Toledo Blade.

Christopher Temple, 20, was arrested in connection with the attack on Milligan. Court documents indicate that Temple implicated himself by admitting to detectives about "being at the scene" of the crime.

Councilman Jack Ford, who sponsored the Toledo legislation, said he wants the attack to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and called for the those responsible to be prosecuted under federal hate crime laws, the Blade reported.