BREAKING: Hate Crimes bill will become Hate Crimes Law

The U.S. Senate just passed, by a vote of 68 – 29, the conference report on the Department of Defense Authorization. That was the final step in the legislative process for this bill, which contains the hate crimes language.

The GOP used every trick in the book to block this legislation because it contained that hate crimes legislation — as evidenced by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and a filibuster, which was beaten back earlier today.

The Defense bill now heads to the White House for President Obama to sign it into law. This will be the first pro-LGBT legislation to become law in the history of our nation — but won’t be the last, even in this Congress.

Congratulations and thanks are due to Judy and Dennis Shepard who have been instrumental in making this happen.


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