Hate-Crimes Debate

Conference Committee Tackles Hate-Crimes Legislation
staff reports

U.S. Senate has added the dangerous proposal to the FY10 Defense Authorization bill.

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Despite intense opposition from family advocates, the U.S. House voted earlier this year to create a new class of crimes based on characteristics of the victim, including sexual orientation and "gender identity."

The Senate later added its own version of the dangerous legislation to an unrelated bill — FY10 Defense Authorization. The conference committee begins meeting this week to work out the details.

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