CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The city of Charleston is one step closer to establishing a hate crime law following a city council meeting Tuesday.
Tuesday, Charleston city council unanimously passed the first vote of a hate intimidation ordinance. It would punish people for bia motivated crimes.
The ordinance reads as follows:
“Providing that a person who violates another section of Chapter 21 with the intent to intimidate another person or persons in whole or in part because of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or national origin of the other person or persons is guilty of the separate offense of hate intimidation and shall be punished as provided in Section 1-16.”
South Carolina is one of five states that currently does not have a hate crime law. Two additional votes of approval are needed to establish the new law. If it passes, it will only apply to the city of Charleston.