Opponents of Hate Crime Bill Speak Out

Opponents of Hate Crime Bill Speak Out

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(Salt Lake City- KSL TV) Utahns who oppose legislation for stronger hate crime penalties voiced their opinions last night.

Utah Eagle Forum President Gayle Ruzicka and State Senator James Evans held a news conference at the State Capitol. Both oppose House Bill 85 which would punish hate crimes.

Ruzicka is urging Utahns to do their part in stopping the legislation.

"I ask every one of you to send messages to your legislator and ask them to vote against hate crimes."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also weighed in on the proposal, by releasing a statement last week saying it does not oppose the legislation, and abhors all hate crimes.

The bill faces an uphill battle in both the House and the Senate.

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