Expansion of Federal Hate Crimes Law Snuck into Defense Appropriations Bill

From my MegaVote email: “Department of Defense Authorization, FY 2010 – Vote Passed (281-146, 6 Not Voting)
The House passed this bill authorizing defense spending, which also contains a provision that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes in which victims are targeted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”  No wonder Howard Coble voted no.  I was confused until I read the description.  How can anyone justify putting an expansion of the definition of a hate crime (read: thought crime)  into a defense bill?   I guess if the ends justify the means.  You can sign up for your own updates at Congress.org.

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