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Filed By Ed Team | April 09, 2007 6:09 AM | comments

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"Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!" -- Author unknown


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Greg Porter rocks | April 9, 2007 9:50 AM


Dear Friends!!

Call your State Legislator This Morning!
Ask them to vote Yes on Rep. Porter's Bias Crimes Amendment to
Senate Bill 45

Make Your Voice Heard! Tell Your State Representative to include
language against bias crimes when they vote today on amendments
to Senate Bill 45.

State Representative Greg Porter has this morning introduced an
amendment to Senate Bill 45 that would change Indiana's
sentencing law to add the following as aggravating circumstances
for persons who commit "bias crimes," specifically the person
who committed the offense knowingly or intentionally: (A)
selected the individual who was injured by the offense; or (B)
damaged or otherwise affected property by the offense; because
of the color, creed, disability, national origin, race,
religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex of the
injured individual or of the owner or occupant of the property.

The amendment also creates a civil action which a victim of a
bias crime can institute against a bias crime offender.

This second reading amendment to SB 45 will be considered TODAY
by the Indiana House of Representatives.

Take Action Immediately:
Call the switchboard at the Indiana House of Representatives
(317-232-9600 or 800-382-9842) and ask your State Representative
to vote YES on Rep. Porter's amendment to SB 45.

Message:
"I urge you to support Rep. Porter's bias crimes amendment to SB
45. All Hoosiers have a stake in an effective response to
violent bigotry. Such incidents damage the very fabric of our
society and fragment Hoosier communities."

For more information on the bias crimes amendment, go to
http://eqfed.org/ct/WdLnhG71wmyB/

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regional groups dedicated to advancing civil rights for lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender persons. We look forward to
working with each of you during the upcoming year. If you have
questions, or would like to become more involved, please contact
Indiana Equality at ie@indianaequality.org.