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New state law in the works for gay hate crimes

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Gay man was attacked outside of a west side Cleveland bar over Labor Day weekend Gay man was attacked outside of a west side Cleveland bar over Labor Day weekend
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A movement started after a 19 Action News report is gaining traction to allow more protection for people who might be attacked for their sexuality.

Last week, 19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek exposed a gap in Ohio law that showed no extra penalty for an attack on someone who is gay. Gallek looked at the law because of recent attack on a gay man outside of a gay bar on Cleveland's west side.

State Representative Nickie Antonio says in the next couple of weeks, she will introduce a bill to change the state law. The bill would add extra penalties for anyone who attacks another because of their sexuality. Antonio tells 19 Action News she would include extra penalties because of their gender identity or disability.

Antonio says she tried to bring this up last year before the state legislature, and the bill stalled. But now, in light of the attention on the attack in Cleveland and some other incidents, she's hoping people will be more open minded to it.

City Councilman Kevin Conwell is also planning to introduce a new city ordinance on Monday.

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