Matthew Shepard Act

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Overview of Law

Strengthens hate crime laws and enforcement against those engaged in illegal hate acts against gays, lesbians and transgender individuals.

Matthew Shepard Act Benefits & Positives

DatePositive Result\BenefitRank
10/28/09Existing hate crime laws strengthened with funding to investigate and prosecute those crimes
10/28/09Federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.