Congress | In a late-night vote, Senate Democrats add an expansive hate-crimes amendment to a key defense-spending bill
by Jacob Parrish
Posted 7/17/09, 02:35 pm
WASHINGTON-The Senate passed an expansive federal hate-crimes amendment late Thursday night, extending current federal protections to cover those physically attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
But conservatives opposing the legislation said it infringes on states' rights and free speech protection and could lead to the criminalization of some religious expression that opposes homosexuality.