State Laws and Legislation

Arizona Hate Crimes Law

Gender identity protected? No
The terms "gender" and "disability" are specified in the Arizona Code, which provides that the department of public safety must report and collect data of incidences based on gender and disability. A.R.S. § 41-1750 (2001).

Sexual orientation protected? Yes
Arizona law allows “evidence that the defendant committed the crime out of malice toward a victim because of the victim's identity in a group listed in section 41-1750, subsection A, paragraph 3 or because of the defendant's perception of the victim's identity in a group listed in section 41-1750, subsection A, paragraph 3” to be used as an aggravating factor in sentencing. Ariz. Rev. Stat. §13-701(D(15) (2003). Section 41-1750 lists sexual orientation as a protected group.

Additionally, Arizona law requires that the department of public safety must report and collect data of criminal offenses based on sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is defined only as heterosexual or homosexual. Ariz. Rev. Stat. §13-701(D(15) (2003).

Updated: Thu, October 02, 2008 - 11:00:15