Hate Crimes Through Senate

The Hate Crimes Act has made it through the Senate:

WASHINGTON – A bill to make violence against gays and lesbians a federal crime cleared the Senate Thursday and is headed to the White House for final approval.

The 68-29 vote was a victory for civil rights groups that have been fighting for years to expand the federal hate-crimes law beyond attacks motivated by bias based on religion, race, national origin or color. The new bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, includes penalties for assaults based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, disability or gender identity.

Historic good news.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.

One Comment

  1. The news outlets keep saying “gay” or “gay and lesbian.” I wonder why the fact that gender identity is included in the bill is never mentioned.

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