Activists call for legislation targeting hate crimes in Oklahoma

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The murder of a gay Oklahoma City man has prompted gay rights activists and faith leaders to call for legislation targeting hate crimes.

Investigators believe 62-year-old Steven Domer was strangled in October by two members of a white supremacist group who targeted Domer because he was gay.

One of those men, Darrell Madden, then reportedly killed the other, Bradley Qualls, in Ardmore.

Activists are calling on federal lawmakers to approve a bill enhancing penalties for hate-crimes.

The human rights campaign says Oklahoma is one of only 17 states that does not include sexual orientation in its hate crime law.

Seventeen states including Oklahoma do not provide hate crime protections for people targeted based on sexual orientation. Do you feel that they should?

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