Faith leaders call for characteristics on hate crimes bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Faith leaders are calling for a list of characteristics to be added back into a hate crimes bill being considered by lawmakers. Leaders of different faiths from across Indianapolis rallied at the Statehouse yesterday. Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Indianapolis Episcopal Diocese said she is tired of lamenting.

Their message comes after Indiana senators stripped characteristics like race, gender, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation from being specified in the proposed legislation. The legislative session ends April 29th, with two weeks of hearings left for lawmakers.

John Girton, Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church of Indianapolis, implored lawmakers to add a list of characteristics back into a hate crimes bill.

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