Philadelphia City Council on Thursday
unanimously approved a bill adding sexual orientation, gender
identity and disability to the city's list of hate crimes.
A last-minute push to expand the
state's hate crimes law to include sexual orientation after a gay
male couple was severely beaten by a group of men and women in
downtown Philadelphia failed to gain sufficient traction before
lawmakers headed home last month.
face charges in beating of gay couple in Philadelphia.)
According to monthly Philadelphia,
the bill was introduced by council members Blondell Reynolds Brown
and Jim Kenney.
“Philadelphia is known all over the
world as a city that celebrates and values diversity and we will not
allow a few thugs to tarnish that reputation,” said Reynolds Brown
in a statement. “It is shameful that this legislation is necessary