Hate crime laws in Oregon now include gender identity

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Gender identity will now be a protected class in Oregon, as the state decided to update and to extend the current definition of the hate crime laws for the first time for more than three decades. The new measures, signed by the Democrat Oregon governor Kate Brown, who is bisexual, by the way, also state that punishment for a hate crime is heavier if it is committed by a group of people rather than one person, but a hate crime committed by one person will also be considered a hate crime, which has never been before in Oregon. Oregon’s previous law meant that a hate crime was only considered a hate crime if two or more people harmed, or threatened to harm, another person on the basis of their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. The new law also makes it a crime to assault or threaten to harm someone based on their “membership in a protected class,” and Oregon has followed other US states in clarifying that gender identity is considered a protected class.

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