Oklahoma Senate Passes Amendment to Opt Out of Federal Hate Crimes Protections

by John Wright | Dallas Voice

Just up the road in Oklahoma, the state Senate yesterday approved an amendment that’s apparently designed to opt out of federal hate crimes protections for LGBT people:

In an amendment presented on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, gutted a bill that had been filed to create a task force to study the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, and inserted language to make changes to the state’s hate crime statutes.

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