From THE OKLAHOMA DAILY:
A bill intended to remove hate crime protections from gays and lesbians actually takes away rights from everyone else because of a “legislative error,” according to State Senate Minority Leader Andrew Rice.
The bill states local law enforcement agencies should not enforce any sections of federal law under hate crimes statutes listed under Title 18 U.S. Code Section 245 unless they are in correlation with Oklahoma’s hate crimes laws. But the protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes, which passed Congress last year, are not listed under Section 245, but Section 249
“The bill in its current form doesn’t take away rights from gays and lesbians,” Rice said. “It takes away rights for religion and race.”
Referring to the bill, its author Sen. Steve Russell, told "The Tulsa World," “Before it gets to the House floor, it will be much amended."
COMMENT: Oklahoma - where they would vote in a pertater, as long as it was a white, God-fearing pertater that hated queers.