20 January 2012
Stonewall today welcomed the conviction of three men in Derby for stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. The men found guilty of the offence following a trial at Derby Crown Court, having distributed leaflets featuring a catalogue of threatening material in July 2010.
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re satisfied to see these extremists convicted for distributing offensive and inflammatory leaflets that suggested gay people should be burnt or stoned to death. This case vindicates Stonewall’s long fight to secure specific legal protection for gay people against incitement to hatred. Witnesses told the court they felt threatened and deeply fearful in their own homes. People from all communities will feel safer knowing that the law now makes it harder to stir up hatred and violence against gay people.’
1. Stonewall led lobbying to secure amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 that extended existing protections against incitement to hatred on the grounds of race or religion to sexual orientation. The relevant amendments are in Section 76 and Schedule 16 of the Act, and Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986.
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