President Obama Signs Hate Crimes Law Protecting People with Disabilities

President Barack Obama just signed hate crime legislation that extends federal hate crimes to include those committed against people because of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It also loosens limits on when federal law enforcement can intervene and prosecute crimes.

Obama said in East Room reception, surrounded by supporters, “No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are, or because they live with a disability.”