Alex Blaze

Hate crimes bill to be voted on soon

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 27, 2007 10:02 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, Senate

The vote for cloture to vote to add new hate crimes law to a massive military appropriations bill will be coming up soon, possibly in the next hour. I'll keep you informed.

Here's a reminder of what the bill does (it does more than add LGBT people to current hate crimes laws):

  • Expand the law to authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Current law only includes race, color, religion or national origin.
  • Eliminate a serious limitation on federal involvement under existing law which requires that a victim of a bias-motivated crime was attacked because he/she was engaged in a specified federally-protected activity such as voting, serving on a jury or attending school.
  • Add "gender" and "gender identity" to the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.
It's not really just adding the gays, it's pretty much creating the legislation at a federal level.

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Senator Craig has apparently voted against the Kennedy hate crimes amendment, which would add gays to the federal hate crime statute.

If he voted against gays, he can’t possibly be gay, right?

Let’s see if the court reviewing his bathroom sex sting case buys it.

UPDATE: the hate crimes measure passed the Senate this morning by a vote of 60-39.