Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to sign into law a bill that would add gender identity and expression as protected classes under the state’s hate crimes law.
The state assembly passed the legislation 30-11 on Tuesday, and the senate passed it nearly unanimously last month.
“This does not afford victims special rights,” openly gay Assemblyman Andrew Martin said Tuesday according to the Associated Press. ”This is a statement of what our society is, and that we will not tolerate the systematic targeting of individuals who are historically disadvantaged groups.”
People who commit hate crimes would be subject to penalties for the actual crime committed, in addition to motivation based on their bias, according to the article.
We need this law. Come on, Nevada.