Senate Passes Historic Hate Crimes Bill
The Hate Crimes Amendment to the Defense Authorization Act (S. 1105) was passed on a voice vote of the Senate today, September 27th. Immediately prior to the voice vote, a cloture vote to end debate of the Amendment was passed 60-39 with bipartisan support.This amendment was already passed on May 3rd in the House by a vote of 237-180. NCTE is calling on President Bush to sign the bill with this historic provision included.
Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director, says, â€œWhile transgender people still have many obstacles to overcome, we are overjoyed that the hard work of so many people is coming to fruition.â€
The Hate Crimes Amendment extends the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability.