Federal Hate Crimes Protection Just 48 Hours Away?

The U.S. Senate will attempt to pass hate crimes legislation by Wednesday, by attaching it to a tourism bill (in an expected move). Which, if senators cannot pass the thing as a stand alone bill, is fitting — since enacting gay rights does help boost tourist dollars. Congress already approved its version of The Matthew Shepard Act, which means the bill would then head to the desk of the president, who’s promised to sign it.