Probably because they see more states legalising equal marriage and society evolving on the issue. A lot of the anti-gay hate crimes we’re seeing lately is probably to do with the negative information disseminated by hate groups, ex-gay groups, including some mainstream religious denominations in their opposition to equal marriage.
When you have morons like Cardinal O’Brien describing equal marriage as ‘grotesque’, ergo our relationships, then those so inclined will pick up on the tone of his remarks and use it to justify the commital of a hate crime against us.
As hate crime legislation tightens up on religious and racial cases Gays will be an easier option for violent bullies. We need equal protection everywhere.
I think this is connected to the vile rhetoric we’re hearing from some religious groups so much recently. They keep giving the impression that being LGBT is up for discussion somehow and is a “lifestyle” and when some people hear that, they see it as justifying their own hatred of LGBT people.
Not the only reason, of course, but an important one in my opinion.
And the FRC cried hard when they are on the receiving end of just one incident.
I would like to know though, where are these hate crimes taking place? We’ve seen the approval of same sex relations by black people increase when Obama came out in support of equal marriage.
Is the rise in hate crime attributed to other areas which have yet to accept homosexual relations, or is it an increasingly belligerent minority of people in the areas which have?
If we know what the situation is, it would be helpful in developing an appropriate response.
Don’t delude yourself down that rabbit hole, Stuie. Hate knows no geographical boundaries, is no respecter of tradition, and exports itself at whim.
As was stated in the article, the FBI “vastly” underestimates the numbers for anti-LGBT hate crime. Two very simple reasons for this:
1. Biggest reason: “Hate Crime” law is different from State to State, and not all states include LGBT in their definition – in fact, less than half do.
2. The determination to call it a “hate” crime isn’t up to the FBI – it’s up to the local police. Even in states with LGBT inclusive laws, one homophobic cop is all it takes.
A third reason, which in my mind ties into #2, is that LGBT people have a historical reason to not trust the police. Some who report crimes will make up reasons or give no reason why they believe they were victimized. Others won’t report at all, claiming that their injuries were “accidents.”
I am vastly oversimplifying here, but that’s the core of it.
Correction: determination of “hate crime” status is “recommended” by local police in some states and determined by the District/County Attorney’s office – depends on the way the State set up it’s judicial and hate crime legislation.