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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  • by silly willy Location: denison on Dec 7, 2007 at 03:49 PM
    firt i got to say go GT's ya man they should stop all of this man why cant we all get along i wish we could all just hug each outher everyone has the right to do what they want and we should be able to hav gay marrige so eat your bible
  • by john Location: denison on Dec 7, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    JC is right i want to have exra laws for me to us white guys got to stick together o wait we are the ones everyone hates we are racist and sexist no mater what everyone hates white guys somthing dont go right blame the white guy he should have known how to stop it the law says ignorance is no excuse unless you are not white how do all the laws work today i am not a racist but i cant help but fill that society thinks i should fill bad becase i am a white male and thats crazy i have no laws protecting me so make one
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    So let me ask this - it would be less of a crime if a gay person killed another gay person? And I have to agree with Bill (or what Bill is asking) - their is a lot of ignorance out their. Wake up people.
  • by me Location: texas on Dec 6, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    i think hate crimes should include sexual orientation whether you agree with homosexuality or not, people should not be killed or harmed just because they are gay. I guess all you people against this law were for hilter killing people simply because they were jewish?????
  • by Bill Location: Sherman on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:32 AM
    How exactly do gays engage in high risk activities?
  • by me Location: oklahoma on Dec 6, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    amen to that crime is crime. I like what you said
  • by Crime is Crime on Dec 5, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    Gays engage in very high risk activity that often places them in harm's way. Not predjudical, simply a fact. Enhanced or stiffer legislation should only apply for child victims, disabled victims, incapacitated victims, or the frail elderly victims.
  • by Anonymous Location: Texas on Dec 5, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve! Thou shalt not murder.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Dec 5, 2007 at 03:16 PM
    Any Murder should be considered a "hate" crime. No matter what your race, color, or sex is. Murder is murder & violent crimes are just that. Nothing special but straight across the board justice & equal punishment for all.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2007 at 02:05 PM
    Read the Bible people!!! The basics are there and we have laws in place! Let's quit "pampering" both the "special victims" AND those who commit the crimes! The laws should be tougher and upheld to the maximum! And if you choose to be "special", keep it to yourself! Anyone can be a victim of crime.
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