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Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes in California Increase Alarmingly

Ventura County Star Editorial Cartoon on Prop 8

Ventura County Star Editorial Cartoon on Prop 8

365gay reports a 300% increase in homophobic hate crimes in Santa Clara County, California, just south of San Francisco. Two years ago, 15% of hate crimes were designated as anti-LGBT in nature. Last year’s statistics showed a dramatic increase to 56% of all hate crimes in the county.

An official for the District Attorney’s Office said to reporters for the Mercury News, “Marriage equality and Proposition 8 have been in the news, and we have seen an increase of gay bashing.” Stats for the rest of California’s counties will be released in the Attorney General’s annual report on hate crimes, due out in July.

Vote percentages on Prop 8

In November, the “Yes on 8” campaign prevailed at the polls, 52% to 48%. The California Supreme Court has heard arguments on both sides of the question concerning a repeal of Proposition 8 on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Also at stake are the 18,000 same-sex marriages carried already in the state. The judges have 90 days to issue a ruling.

In the meantime, the potential voting public in the Golden State remains sharply divided over the issue of same-sex marriage. A public opinion poll shows that 47% would now vote to maintain the ban. 48% report that they would vote to repeal Proposition 8.

Meanwhile, the bashings continue at a breathtaking rate. Stay tuned.

March 16, 2009 - Posted by | California, Hate Crime Statistics, Hate Crimes, Heterosexism and homophobia, Law and Order, Marriage Equality, Politics


  1. Thank you for this informative post and this blog. I am amazed at the level of bigotry and hatred that people will stoop to when it comes to this issue. We must all continue to do all we can to make sure that this type of thing finally ends.

    Comment by tasithoughts | March 16, 2009

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