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Senate approves hate-crimes measure

by Rex Wockner
July 20, 2009 12:00 PM

The U.S. Senate approved a bill July 16 to add sexual orientation, gender identity and other categories to federal hate-crimes protections.

The measure, which passed on a voice vote, was attached to a defense-spending bill. A move to remove it from that bill failed 63-28. A final vote on the new categories was expected to occur July 20.

The House of Representatives already has passed a similar bill.

"More than 60 senators support the Matthew Shepard Act, legislation that will provide police and sheriffs' departments with the tools and resources they need to ensure that entire communities are not terrorized by hate violence," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

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