I'm so angry I could boil over. This is why we need a national hate crimes law that not only protects people on the basis of religion, age and ethnicity, but also sexual orientation.
That poor mother, who lost her child to a homophobic murderer, could see that murderer out on parole after a little over a year. He was only ever sentenced to 5, despite the fact that he chose to violently attack the kid because he was gay, leading to that kid's death.
Does anyone really think the person who committed such a heinous crime could have been rehabilitated in such short a time - or observed a just punishment for violently ending the life of another? No matter how you slice it, whatever your political perspective, this is disgusting. Yet it's the world we live in, because Republicans refuse to give gay people even basic protections or rights.