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Fewer Hate Crimes Nationally But Increase In Anti-Gay Crimes Reported

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement agencies reported a slight decrease in hate crimes last year, despite an increase against gays and lesbians.

The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crime incidents in 2007, down about 1 percent from last year.

Racially motivated hate crimes accounted for more than half of that total.

Religious bias was the second-leading motive for hate crimes, followed by prejudice against sexual orientation.

Within those categories, the FBI report found most hate crimes tended to be anti-black, anti-jewish and anti-gay.

The FBI report is purely statistical and does not assign a cause for the slight overall decrease or the 6 percent increase in anti-gay hate crimes.

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