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Governor defends hate crimes law

Posted at 7:27 PM, Apr 08, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is defending the new Indiana hate crimes law, one week after he approved the legislation.

Opponents of the new law don't like it because it doesn't explicitly cover age, sex or gender identity.

Supporters say it covers everybody, even if their characteristic isn't listed.

"It does send a message to the world that the State of Indiana, is in fact, what we all know it to be and that is a state of full Hoosier hospitality, a welcoming state, and a state that will protect, to the greatest extent of the law, victims who have been targeted for some bias," said the governor.

The Anti Defamation League has said the current law is not enough to get Indiana off the list of states without a hate crimes law.

The ADL says the new law is too vague.