March 5th, 2013
(Family Research Council/Peter Sprigg) In October 2009, Congress passed -- and President Obama signed -- a bill which created a broad federal "hate crime" law. For the first time, it allowed the federal government to step in and prosecute any violent crime anywhere in the country that "is motivated by prejudice" against a number of protected characteristics, including "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" (that is, cross-dressing and sex changes). A number of states and localities have passed similar laws, while others are still considering them.
All violent crimes should be vigorously prosecuted--but this novel legal approach violates several core principles and holds a number of dangers.