President Obama signed hate crime legislation Wednesday that extends protections to people based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. From the transcript of the President’s remarks:
No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are or because they live with a disability.
At root, this isn’t just about our laws; this is about who we are as a people. This is about whether we value one another — whether we embrace our differences, rather than allowing them to become a source of animus.