Tulsa City Council Passes Ordinance To Expand Hate Crime Definition

Thursday, September 17th 2020, 6:29 am
By: News On 6


The Tulsa City Council unanimously passed an ordinance defining what the city considers as a hate crime.

A spokesperson from the Dennis R Neill Equality Center said they've been fighting for these protections at the state level for nearly a decade, and they said it's a big deal to put this on the books here in Tulsa.

News On 6 told you Wednesday about the list of proposed hate crimes, which would include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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The City Council had its second reading of the amendment before approving it during Wednesday's meeting.

Violating the ordinance would result in a misdemeanor for first-time violators.

The equality center said this gives people in the LGBTQ community a way to seek justice if they're targeted, and they claim there wasn't a path for justice before.

The changes will now go to the mayor for his approval.