Lawrence King’s murder continues to shock and appall the world, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic candidates both released statements on the 15-year old’s death. Said Mrs. Clinton:
I was deeply saddened by the recent death of 15-year-old Lawrence King who was killed at his school in Oxnard, CA. No one should face intimidation or violence, particularly at school, because of their sexual orientation or the way they express their gender identity.
We must finally enact a federal hate crimes law to ensure that gay, lesbian and transgender Americans are protected against violent, bias-motivated crimes. We must send a unified message that hate-based crime will not be tolerated.
Obama also used the murder to rally for stricter laws, saying,
It was heartbreaking to learn about Lawrence Kingâ€™s death, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Kingâ€™s senseless death is a tragic example of the corrosive effect that bigotry and fear can have in our society. Itâ€™s also an urgent reminder that we need to do more in our schools to foster tolerance and an acceptance of diversity; that we must enact a federal hate crimes law that protects all LGBT Americans; and that we must recommit ourselves to becoming active and engaged parents, citizens and neighbors, so that bias and bigotry cannot take hold in the first place. We all have a responsibility to help this nation live up to its founding promise of equality for all.
Unless we’re talking about marriage, in which case civil unions will do just fine, right?