Measure decrying hate crimes passes New Hampshire House
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a measure symbolically denouncing hate crimes despite the opposition of some Republicans who felt that its enumeration of specific events was selective and divisive.
The resolution notes a general rise in racially and religiously motivated violence and lists specific examples of purported hate crimes, including the near-hanging of a 9-year-old biracial boy in Claremont last year.
The Concord Monitor reports that Republican Rep. Jim McConnell criticized the measure for failing to include mentions of terrorist acts carried out by Muslims or violence by far-left groups. He sponsored a different resolution that decried hate, bigotry and violence generally but included no specific examples.
The measure passed Thursday 234-69. All of the no votes came from Republicans.
Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com