chinesefo0o0od (chinesefo0o0od) wrote in ontd_political,
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OMG FINALLY!!!

(From the New York TImes)The Senate has agreed to expand the definition of hate crimes to those committed because of a victim’s sexual orientation and gender identity as part of a Pentagon policy measure that is becoming a magnet for tough social issues.

Senators added the anti-bias provisions to the bill Thursday night after voting 63 to 28 to shut off debate on the proposal by Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the Judiciary Committee. The measure would also allow the federal government to intervene in cases where the local authorities lacked the resources for such criminal investigations.

“We need a strong federal law to serve as a backstop to prevent hate-motivated violence in America,” Mr. Leahy said....

(GIMME MOAR!)


Caption: Matthew Shepard's Mother, a leading voice in passing hate crimes legislation.
Tags: hate crimes
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