Hate Crimes Legislation Heads To President

Senate Passes Matthew Shepard Act

It’s a good day in Washington, where the Senate just passed the Matthew Shepard Act. That act allows state authorities to use federal resources to investigate hate crimes. It also offers stricter punishments for anti-gay attackers. From Joe.My.God:

By a 60-39 vote, the Senate just passed Matthew Shepard Act. Sixty votes were required for cloture. Happy day! I don’t know who the missing voter is yet.

Now we’ll see if the president will veto the defense appropriations bill to which the MSA is attached, as he has threatened to do.

Maybe Bush will forget…