"He thought he was doing everyone a favor," she said."
From the APA: "Ideology assailants report that their crimes stem from their negative beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality that they perceive other people in the community share. They see themselves as enforcing social morals."
Hate crimes are not based on need, greed, opportunity, or emotional outburst, but are the result of hate for an entire group of people. Hate crimes therefore have the effect and usually the intent, of intimidating, terrorizing, and punishing an entire community, not just the direct victim. That makes them very different from crimes of need, greed, opportunity, and crimes of passion. Writing specific prohibitions into the law, clearly establishes community standards, and in doing so, helps remove the motivation and justification used by ideology assailants to harm others.
This is another tragic example that irrational prejudice causes needless suffering and death.