UTAH: GOP Gov Signs LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate:

After years and years of trying and failing, Utah finally has a working hate crimes law. In a public ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 103 into law.

“I think with the passage of Senate Bill 103, we are sending a message that everybody, every person, every individual in our society is worthy of dignity, respect and love,” the governor said. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he was frustrated that in many cases he could not pursue hate crimes laws.

While he cannot go back and amend active cases to include the new law, Gill said prosecutors would use SB103 when appropriate. “We can’t go back but we can certainly look to a better day and a better future,” he said.