Lambda Legal Statement on Tragedy in Charleston

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June 18, 2015

We join the nation in mourning the tragic murder of nine African-American parishioners in Charleston.

Crimes like this, especially when they occur as this one did in a place of worship and in a historically African-American church, have scarred our nation and are a tragic reminder of how much work remains. Senseless violence motivated by hate has no place in a just society and every one of us has an obligation to stand up, speak out and work to end such violence.

We offer our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were killed and, more than that, we offer our promise to continue fighting for equality and justice.

Read the press release.

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