WPR News
10:06 am
Mon October 6, 2008

Freudenthal: Hate Crimes Bill Still Unnecessary

Laramie, WY – As the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death approaches, Governor Dave Freudenthal says he still thinks passing a hate crimes bill is unnecessary. Some are raising the issue again as they remember the murder of the gay University of Wyoming student.

Freudenthal says the current laws are adequate, but he also says that Wyoming people have responded to the crime in a caring way: "I think the response is more among individuals than it is among big statements in the legislature, and frankly in terms of a society, I think the behavioral morays of the individual are a lot more important that what you pass in the legislature."

But some anti-hate organizers say special legislation would make a difference. Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard's mother, has been arguing in favor of hate crimes legislation since her son's death.