The Senate has passed an extension of hate crimes protections today, with Republicans attempting, but failing to mount a filibuster. "Christian" and "conservative" groups predictably hope that President Bush whips out his veto pen. That may prove complicated, as the measure was attached to a Defense Department bill.
Senate Votes to Extend Hate-Crimes Law to Gays
The Senate yesterday approved an expansion of federal hate-crimes law to include protections for gay men and lesbians, defying a presidential veto threat by attaching the measure to a high-priority defense bill.
Republicans said they will try to remove the provision in final negotiations with the House, but if that effort fails, GOP leaders urged President Bush to follow through with his long-standing veto threat. They were furious this week when Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he would force a vote on an expanded hate-crimes statute, with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) calling Reid's maneuver a "shameful" attempt to "hijack" essential defense legislation. . .
Read the rest at: WashingtonPost.com
And the predictible (ironically hateful) response from: BaptistPress