CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Assembly on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would add gender identity and expression to the state’s hate crimes law.
“This does not afford victims special rights,” said gay Assemblyman Andrew Martin (D-Las Vegas) before the measure passed by a 30-11 vote, according to the Associated Press. “This is a statement of what our society is, and that we will not tolerate the systematic targeting of individuals who are historically disadvantaged groups.”
The state Senate has already approved the bill. A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval told the Associated Press the governor supports the measure.