- Feb 12, 2005
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Murder is murder, assault is assault. Why do we need legislation that discriminates against other groups such as white, heterosexuals ? If I get mugged and beaten why should my assailant only get five years in prison, but would get ten years if I was gay? Am I not as important?
Expansion of Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
Updated March, 2005
“The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2003"
Senate version not yet reintroduced [Sponsored by Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) in 2004]
House version not yet reintroduced [Sponsored by Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in 2004] Source
SourceLog Cabin Disappointed with Senate Democrats on Hate Crimes Maneuvers
Smith, Hatch Express Strong Support for Federal Bill Including Gays; Democratic Maneuvering Prevents Debate on Improvements
June 11, 2002
(WASHINGTON) The nation's largest gay Republican organization applauded the debate today in the U.S. Senate on the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA), a bill to enhance the federal role in fighting hate crimes, including those against gay Americans.
However, despite widespread support for the bill, and a pledge on the Senate floor by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- the lead Republican on the Judiciary Committee -- to work with the bill's lead sponsors in order to "make the House accept it" and strengthen its chances of enactment into law with improving amendments, the Democratic leadership forced a procedural vote to cut off all debate -- a strategy which drove two original co-sponsors of the bill to vote against them.