View Full Version : Senate To Vote On Hate Crimes Thursday - July 16th
07-16-2009, 10:48 AM
Senate to vote on hate crimes legislation this Thursday (July 16).
Read story here --->http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid98772.asp
07-17-2009, 02:54 PM
Looks like the hate crimes bill will pass this time.
07-18-2009, 11:21 AM
Yep. It passed. And already, conservative Christian's are yelling (on Fox) that it is going to limit religious speech- which is ludicrous. They are forgetting that it's not a crime to say gay people are evil. Nor is it a crime for me to say that bigoted Christians are evil. (I don't actually think that btw)
Senate passes hate-crimes bill
July 17, 2009
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Senate approved legislation that would expand federal involvement in investigating hate crimes.
By a 63-28 vote Thursday, the measure was attached to the defense authorization bill, considered "must-pass" legislation by the Senate. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to vote in favor.
The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act would permit greater federal involvement in investigating hate crimes and expand the federal definition of such crimes to include those motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Supporters say the legislation would allow federal authorities to pursue hate-crimes cases when local authorities are either unable or unwilling to do so.
The House passed a similar bill in April, and President Obama has said he would sign the legislation. The bill has passed both houses of Congress previously, but has not survived the conference committee process.
A number of Jewish groups, headed by the Anti-Defamation League, have been working for a decade to enact the measure.
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