The Hate Crimes Prevention Act Will Not Prevent Hate Crimes
I am not anti-gay, nor am I opposed to gay rights. I believe that same sex couples
should be allowed to marry and to adopt children. Also, openly homosexual individuals
should be eligible for service in the military. Despite this acceptance of people’s
homosexuality, I hold that the Hate Crimes Prevention Act is unnecessary in the United
States. I understand that gays and lesbians live in fear of being attacked, but who can be
sure that new legislation would deter criminals when existing assault and battery laws do
not? This bill will only complicate the overburdened legal system, confuse the law, and
violate constitutional rights.
It is dificult enough for prosecutors to get convictions on crimi
This bill will addthe complication of motive to the trials. Homosexuals are seeking equal rights in other issues,such as marriage and adoption, so they must accept equal protection from assault. The Act will allow the federal court to try a person, after he has beenacquitted by the state court, without having to supply additional evidence. Instead of simply proving that a personcommitted a crime, the prosecutors will have to prove that the motive behind the crimewas pure hatred of homosexuals. This legislation also calls for tougher sentences to imposed on proven hate crimeoffenders. This new legislation will do moredamage than good by infringing on constitutional rights, confusing the law, andhampering the already overtaxed legal system. Assaulting or murdering a fellow human being is already illegal throughout the UnitedStates no matter what the motive behind the crime. Ido not believe that gays and lesbians should be singled out and beaten solely because oftheir sexual preference. Assaulting or killing ahomosexual should carry the same consequence as assaulting or killing a heterosexual. A mugging could be misconstrued as a hatecrime and the offender could be sentenced more harshly than if his victim were aheterosexual. I understand that this is protection for the criminal instead of the victim,but criminals have the right to a fair trial and protection from "double jeopardy". Another problem with the Act is that it will confuse the law.