Congress | A bill moving through Congress that makes violence based on a person's sexuality a hate crime could ultimately limit free speech for Christians
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/24/09, 12:00 am
WASHINGTON-A hate-crimes bill that includes homosexual and transgender people as protected groups is moving through the legislative process and heading toward a vote in the House of Representatives.
Under current hate-crime laws, certain groups can find additional protection from violence based on race, religion, and disability. The new law would include victims of violence based on gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In other words, perpetrators of violent crimes designated as "hate crimes" face higher penalties.