AG: Justice committed to protecting gays, lesbians

By DANNY ROBBINS | March 20, 2012 | 5:15 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department is "committed to using every tool in its arsenal" to combat bullying and harassment based on sexual orientation.

Holder cited the department's efforts during a speech Tuesday at a conference at the University of Texas at Arlington aimed at promoting safe schools and communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Holder recounted several successful criminal prosecutions under federal and state statutes in saying the Obama administration is stepping up efforts to make sure no one is harassed because of "who they love."

About 400 law enforcement officials, educators, students and community leaders registered for the conference sponsored by the White House and the U.S. departments of justice and education.