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Philadelphia City Council Pushes Hate Crime Ordinance in Wake of Attack

People waiving LGBTQ pride flag at the 26th Annual Pride Parade on the streets of Center City Philadelphia in June 2014.

Philadelphia is poised to pass a new ordinance aimed at toughening the punishment of crimes committed on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

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HuffPo: 35 Senate Republicans Voted Against Hate Crimes Legislation

Huffington Post reports that earlier today 35 Senate Republicans voted against passage of the defense authorization bill because it also contained hate crimes legislation. The defense bill including the hate crimes legislation, was sent on for final vote, and passed today.

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More Than 150,000 Marchers Demand End to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Passage of Hate Crimes Laws

Lt. Dan Choi at the National Equality March: “The era and the time for asking is over. I am not asking anymore I am telling… will you tell with me? In the face of injustice and in the face of the discrimination, patience is not a plan.”

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