PHILADELPHIA — More than 200 people advocated for changes to the state’s hate-crimes law in the wake of the beating of a gay couple in downtown Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that the crowd pushed for Pennsylvania’s anti-hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The rally was held in Philadelphia’s LOVE Park and was organized by state Rep. Brian Sims.
Article continues belowThe Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple in the city gained attention when police posted a video of the suspects, and online followers used social media sites to help identify them. Advocates say the incident demonstrates why the state needs to change its hate crimes law.
Three suburban suspects surrendered to police Wednesday on charges of criminal conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment.
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