House Passes Hate Crimes Bill
Posted May 4, 2007 8:11 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would expand the definition of hate crimes to cover wrongdoing motivated by a victim’s “gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” or disability.
One of the bill’s opponents is U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. He says he finds racism and sexism “abhorrent,” but he believes the bill is so broad that it could violate the right to free speech.