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City Council approves Tulsa's first hate crimes ordinance


September 18, 2020

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa City Council has unanimously approved the first hate crimes ordinance for Oklahoma's second-largest city.

The council approved the measure Wednesday, and Mayor G.T. Bynum said he supports it and will sign it into law. It's similar to an existing state hate crimes law, but includes four additional protected classes: gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, the Tulsa World reported.

It applies only to misdemeanor crimes because those are the only crimes the city prosecutes. The crimes include assault and battery, vandalizing or destroy...

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