Gay men and lesbians are far more likely to be targeted for hate crimes than any other minority group in the United States, a new study finds.

The results of the study by the Southern Poverty Law Center were published Monday in the group's quarterly Intelligence Report.

“As Americans become more accepting of homosexuals, the most extreme elements of the anti-gay movement are digging in their heels and continuing to defame gays and lesbians with falsehoods that grow more incendiary by the day,” Mark Potok editor of the Intelligence Report, said in a statement. “The leaders of this movement may deny it, but it seems clear that their demonization of homosexuals plays a role in fomenting the violence, hatred and bullying we're seeing.”

The report's findings are based on FBI hate crime statistics from 1995 to 2008. The study concluded that gay men and lesbians, or those perceived to be gay, are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as Jews or blacks; more than four times as likely as Muslims, and 14 times as likely as Latinos.

Monday's report coincides with the release of the FBI's hate crime statistics for 2009.