Are Dems Trying to Sneak Hate Crimes Through?Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 7/15/2009 7:15:00 AM
Senators on Capitol Hill may be forced tomorrow to make a choice between approving an important defense spending bill and voting down "hate crimes" legislation.
Senate Democrats are once again trying to pass a hate crimes bill by attaching it as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.
The hate crimes legislation, known as the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S. 909), would add gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law. A vote is expected Thursday on the Defense Authorization bill and its accompanying hate crimes amendment.
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