It then passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which excludes same-sex couples from the benefits and protections of federal law and purports to allow states to not recognize marriages of same-sex couples.
Data Collection: State law requires that data be collected about hate crimes.
The Act Assisting Local Law Enforcement The act permits the government to provide grants and assistance to state and local authorities investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.
When it comes to crimes motivated by hatred, most Americans do back the current federal hate crime laws, including the expanded definition of hate crime passed in This law removed then existing jurisdictional obstacles to prosecutions of certain race- and religion-motivated violence, and added new federal protections against crimes based on gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Providing Federal Jurisdiction Where state and local law enforcement cannot or will not investigate and prosecute these crimes, the federal government currently has no authority to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
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A Hart Research poll showed large majorities of every major subgroup of the electorate - including such traditionally conservative groups as Republican men 56 percent and evangelical Christians 63 percent - expressed support for strengthening hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
When Matthew Shepard was murdered inthe Laramie, Wyo.