[lg policy] Court rules that gay bashing is not a crime in West Virginia

Baron, Dennis E debaron at illinois.edu
Sat May 13 21:15:12 EDT 2017


Court rules that gay bashing is not a crime in West Virginia. The Web of Language explains why this is a misinterpration of W Va’s hate crime law: http://bit.ly/2pK7tFb

West Virginia's hate crime law protects people from threats and violence because of their race, religion, or sex. Last week, the state's Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the word sex in the hate crime statute does not include sexual orientation. The 3-2 decision in West Virginia v. Butler<http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/docs/spring2017/16-0543.pdf> means that gay bashing is not a crime in West Virginia. . . . (read the full post here: http://bit.ly/2pK7tFb


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