Just want to give a thumbs up to the senate for voting to extend federal protection to people who are victimized because of their sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
The measure would also allocate $5 million a year to the Justice Department to help local communities investigate hate crimes which has also been an important part of hates crime legislation since many communities just don't have the funding or man power to deal with hate crimes.
So woohoo! This has been a long time coming.
Here is a list of the 29 votes against (from senate.gov):
Three senators did not vote:
- Feingold said he supported the hate crimes extension but opposed the defense bill because it allows too open-ended of a commitment to keeping U.S. forces in Afghanistan.