Local reaction to the passage of Indiana hate crimes bill

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Until it was signed into law Indiana, was one of 5 states that didn’t have a hate crimes law.  

But with the signing of the bill many I’ve spoken with say they believe the new law doesn’t go far enough.      

Governor Eric Holcomb signed the measure into law one day after the senate voted on the Hate Crime Bill.      

The new law includes wording that protects against race, religion and disability discrimination; however, it fails to list gender identity, gender, sex and age.  

Residents here in the Wabash Valley are noticeably upset saying the new law fails to protect Indiana residents and that more needs to be done.  

“Well the thing is what the governor and the general assembly did was suffice,” Greater Terre Haute NAACP President Sylvester Edwards said. “It did not go far enough. It’s like putting a skunk in a box and putting a ribbon over it and saying it’s a gift to us. This is what they have done. So, we are calling on the women in this community be angry about what just went down. They have stabbed you in the back and you should go out and vote against these people.”  

The Terre Haute Greater NAACP say they will take part in organized protest throughout the state. 

Those protests dates will be determined later.  

Officials want to encourage others in the state to take part in the protests.      

The law goes into effect July 1st.  

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