According to 365Gay.com, most Americans support the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity into hate crime legislation. And read this:
The poll found that support came from of every major subgroup of the electorate — including such traditionally conservative groups as Republican men and evangelical Christians.. Support also crosses racial lines.
So we have people like LaBarbera, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, Exodus and Stacy Harp, all claiming to be evangelical Christians, and yet they are a minority in their non-support for hate crime inclusion.
This legislation is strongly supported by the majority of Americans. According to a new poll conducted by Peter Hart Research Associates, three in four voters (or 73 percent) favor strengthening hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and to give local law enforcement the tools they need to prevent and prosecute these violent acts based on bigotry. Moreover, 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. Support also crosses racial lines – with three in four whites (74 percent), African-Americans (74 percent) and Latino/as (72 percent) supporting the bill.
Well, well, well. It looks like our government really needs to pass that legislation, since nearly 75% of Americans want it passed. It looks like the lies told by Harp and the rest of these people (that hate crime legislation is about thoughts and words and not physical violence) are not working. If this isn’t passed, then there is something seriously wrong with our government.