Legislation to protect gays under fed hate crime laws dropped
Yet another reason why the Rethugs need to be tossed out of control. (365gay):
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) has been trying to get the measure passed since 1999. This session he tacked it onto a national sex offender bill.
The sex offender registry bill has been tied up in the Senate for months as Kennedy fought to have the hate crime provision passed. Late last week he pulled the amendment allowing the sex offender bill to pass unanimously after Republicans threatened to block passage of the sex offender legislation pin the blame on “liberal Democrats” and gay activists.
…A House version of the hate crime bill passed the House earlier this year, as an amendment to the Children’s Safety and Violent Crimes Reduction Act. The hate crime provision, which would have included gays, lesbians and the transgendered was later stripped out of the bill.