The US Senate added several amendments that will limit the new Federal Hate Crimes bill in important ways. The amendments were snuck onto an utterly unrelated bill that can’t be voted against (a bill to SUPPORT THE TROOP… can’t vote against that).
The point of these limitations is to keep the hate crime bill from affecting people who want to do bad things to gay people.
the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Sessions gave a speech explaining that he does not believe the current hate-crimes laws should be extended to include gender identity and sexual orientation protections.
“I don’t think that our focus here is to deal with symbolic legislation that’s broad and could expand federal criminal jurisdiction beyond its historic role and where the facts do not support the need.”
And how would that apply, say, to slavery and sufferage? I mean, really Senator, “historic role?”