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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
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Hate Crimes Legislation Passes House Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee today voted 15 to 12 to send the Local
Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913) to the floor for
a vote.  People For the American
Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the
following statement:

“Today’s vote is a very positive step towards
passing this bill into law.  I’m extremely optimistic that this year
we’ll finally be able to enact hate crimes legislation that includes
protections against violence based on disability status, sexual orientation,
gender, and gender identity.

“Political groups with an anti-gay agenda are working hard to
stop the legislation, and we’ve already seen the usual barrage of
baseless attacks from the right wing.  The Local Law Enforcement Hate
Crimes Prevention Act protects free speech, and it protects religious liberty. 
It’s time to turn away from dishonest scare tactics and pass this
legislation on to the Senate and to the President’s desk.

“People For the American Way will continue to push for this
legislation and against right wing ideologues who attempt to derail it.”

You can read People For the American Way’s “Right Wing
Watch: In Focus” report on hate crimes legislation here.



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