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Hate Crimes

California Senate passes new hate crimes bill protecting against legal loopholes

“Victims of hate crimes shouldn't be forced to abandon essential rights like a trial by jury simply because they have entered into a contract for employment, housing, education or other goods and services, and if they choose to, that choice should be completely voluntary and not a condition of any contract,” Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.

Anti-gay hate crimes in California drop 22% in 2009

Last year 479 hate crimes were referred to prosecutors, and although this is the lowest amount of crimes for the decade, we are still a long way from ending bigotry and prejudice.