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Are strict new laws aimed at stopping homophobic abuse going to help?

Jack Straw has announced strict new laws aimed at stopping homophobic abuse, even leading to jail sentences in extreme cases. But is this really going to help improve the situation?

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No. You can't control what people think and homophobic behaviour will still continue away from listening ears.
51.92%
There should be laws in place, but the government needs to look at changing public perceptions as well as punishing people.
31.44%
Yes. Strict laws are the only way to make people realise that homophobic abuse is unacceptable.
9.14%
Laws are a good idea but making them too strict may make people paranoid, so the government needs to think carefully.
7.50%

Jack Straw has announced strict new laws aimed at stopping homophobic abuse, even leading to jail sentences in extreme cases. But is this really going to help improve the situation?

 AnswerPercentageVotes
Total: 547
A.No. You can't control what people think and homophobic behaviour will still continue away from listening ears.51.92 %284
B.There should be laws in place, but the government needs to look at changing public perceptions as well as punishing people.31.44 %172
C.Yes. Strict laws are the only way to make people realise that homophobic abuse is unacceptable.9.14 %50
D.Laws are a good idea but making them too strict may make people paranoid, so the government needs to think carefully.7.50 %41
Stats until: 02:19 Tue 23rd Apr 2024 (Refreshed every 5 minutes)