Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hate Crime Bill Passes

Brian Faler
October 23, 2009

Congress gave final approval and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to add gays to the list of groups covered by U.S. hate-crime laws.

The Senate voted 68 to 29 yesterday in favor of the plan as part of a defense policy measure. The House approved the bill earlier this month. Democrats, who had been pushing the expansion for a decade, hailed the legislation.
“Hate crimes affect not just the victim — they victimize the entire community,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat. “We cannot allow our communities to be terrorized by hatred and violence.”
Republicans criticized the provision as unnecessary, saying violent crimes are illegal regardless of the offenders’ motivations.

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