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Philadelphia Adds Sexual Orientation to Hate-Crime Law

Council passes legislation after Center City attack on gay couple

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    Unanimous Vote to Pass Hate Crimes Bill in Philly

    Philadelphia City Council members unanimously passed a hate crimes bill which fills a gap not covered by state law. (Published Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014)

    Philadelphia's city council passed a bill Thursday authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law.

    The administration-backed bill won unanimous approval. Mayor Michael Nutter has two weeks to sign it into law.

    Backers say the bill fixes a gap in state law exposed by an assault last month on a same-sex couple in Center City.

    Prosecutors said they couldn't charge the slur-spewing assailants with a hate crime because sexual orientation isn't covered in the state's hate crime law.

    Council Set to Pass New Hate Crime Bill

    [PHI] City Council Set to Pass New Hate Crime Bill
    In the wake of a vicious beating in September that left a gay couple hurt, Philadelphia City Council members met Thursday to vote on a bill that would extend hate crimes to include sexual orientation. NBC10's Monique Braxton has the latest from City Hall.
    (Published Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014)

    The state Supreme Court struck gender identity and sexual orientation from the state law in 2008. Efforts to restore them haven't made it out of committee.

    Councilman Jim Kenney said the city couldn't wait until the state "comes to its senses."