for the record

Did Your Senator Vote Yes on Matthew Shepard Act?

If your senator said yes to the hate crimes legislation attached to the Defense Department budget bill as an amendment, then he also said yes to adding the death penalty option for criminals convicted under the act. If he voted no, then he didn’t support any federal protections for gay and transgender folks — or maybe he just had a problem with a line item on the budget bill. That’s the problem with passing these things as amendments: There’s no clear answer what your legislator did or didn’t support. Either way, here’s the list.