Press Release: Some Utah Republicans are working to undermine Utah’s Hate Crimes law

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT – In response to a proposed resolution seeking to repeal SB103, Utah’s newly minted hate crimes law, at the Utah GOP convention next week, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:

“It is beyond distressing that a handful of extreme activists are advocating for the repeal of a law aimed at helping the most vulnerable communities in the state. This resolution ignores both the actual substance of the hate crimes law as well as the lived reality that some people are targeted as victims of crimes because of their race, religion, or some other characteristic intrinsic to who they are.

“Let’s be clear: no one is being prosecuted for their individual beliefs under this hate crimes law. By passing this law, our Legislature took a strong stand against hate crimes, which are on the rise nationwide. We hope the Utah Republican Party will similarly take a stand against hatred and dismiss this resolution.”

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Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.

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