PFLAG Praises House Passage of Landmark Hate Crimes Legislation – PRNewswire – USNewswire

Group Calls on Senate to Now Pass Integral Legislation

Washington – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) applauded the House of Representatives today for its passing of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA), legislation that would extend federal law to cover crimes motivated by hatred for people based on their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. LLEHCPA was introduced into the House of Representatives as H.R. 1592, and passed today with a vote of 237-180.

“PFLAG applauds the House for meeting our challenge to protect all Americans, especially our children,” said John Cepek, National President of PFLAG. “American families are concerned. Our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children of all ages deserve laws that protect them. With this vote, Congress is sending a message that when it comes to stopping hate-motivated crimes, everyone is included.”