Wyoming NIXES Hate Crime Law Decades After Matthew Shepard’s Horrific Murder

(Matthew Shepard, RIP)

Lawmakers in Wyoming, where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago, again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law, reports NBC Connecticut.

Wyoming is one of just three states that haven’t enacted hate crimes legislation since Shepard was beaten and left for dead in Laramie in 1998.

The killing of the University of Wyoming student inspired those laws in other states and at the federal level.

A measure tabled Thursday by the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee would have allowed prosecutors to consider a criminal’s biases against race, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity or disabilities when seeking punishment for crimes.

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Wyoming Shelves Hate Crime Law Decades After Matthew Shepard’s Death