Are "hate-crimes" laws unconstitutional?
I was just reading an article in the Washington Times by Seth McLaughlin, Second court bars Virginia fee. And I read the following several sentences which got me to thinking.
Mr. Price's attorneys argued that the abuser fees violated the equal-protection clauses of the Constitution because Mr. Price would not have faced the additional fee if he were from out of state. The decisions appear to be the first of their kind. The Washington Times earlier this week reported that officials in four other states with similar laws were not aware of any equal-protection challenges against singling out in-state drivers.Are "hate-crimes" and "hate-speech" laws, by their very nature and intent of making the "group de jour" more protected than others, unconstitutional under the equal protection clauses (Amendment 14, Section 1) of the U.S. Constitution?