Tulsa City Council passes amendment expanding hate crime ordinance

VIDEO: Tulsa equality center staff working to get hate crime amendment passed

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahomans for Equality urged the Tulsa City Council to pass an amendment that would expand what is considered a “hate crime” in the city.

The amendment includes a new section for crimes based on “Malicious Harassment Based on Race, Color, Religion, Ancestry, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, National Origin, or Disability.”

The council passed the amendment proposed by councilor Crista Patrick Wednesday. It now has to be approved by Mayor G.T. Bynum.

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The Deputy Director of Oklahomans for Equality, Jose Vega, says he’s proud to see the city council supporting the amendment.

“As a person who has been born and raised here in Tulsa to see that finally I’ll be under a protected class I’ll be more confident to wear my rainbow shirt out,” said Vega.

“I’ll be more confident to hold my partner’s hand in public. I’ll feel safe.”