FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A rally was held Saturday to push for hate crime laws in Indiana.
Speakers and advocates for minority groups gathered at the Allen County Courthouse.
The rally was organized after the beating of 15-year-old, Jason Gardner over the summer.
The Indiana Legislature has rejected efforts to establish laws for how hate crimes are handled.
"We are diverse, and everybody is not accepting of everybody. We need laws in place when these situations happen so people are persecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said one attendee who did not want to be identified.
Indiana is one of five states that does not have hate crime laws in place.