Via tips-q‘s David Hart, in the late evening article entitled Breaking: Hate Crimes Bill Passes Senate!:
A cloture vote just passed by 63 to 28. By prior consent that passes the bill. I will post the roll call vote when it is provided by the Senate but at least five Republicans voted aye.The bill has already passed the House. Further details Friday AM. The bill extends federal hate crimes laws to sexual orientation and sexual identity. In essence it provides government assistance to local law enforcement and creates sentencing enhancements for bias crimes.
The Associated Press confirms in their piece Senate votes big expansion of federal hate crimes:
The Senate has approved the most sweeping expansion of federal hate crimes protections since the original law was enacted after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
The legislation broadens federal reach to protect those physically attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a disability. Current law is limited to crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or religion…
Further reading at tips-q: Breaking: Hate Crimes Bill Moving Along in the Senate (describing amendments to the bill).