by Jennifer Mesko, associate editor

Vote could come Monday on amendment to create special protections for homosexuals.

Legislation
to create a new category of crime for actions said to be motivated by
prejudice based on specific characteristics, including “sexual
orientation” and “gender identity,” could get a vote
in the U.S. Senate as soon as Monday.

Democrats have attached an amendment to a Defense spending bill that
would create federally protected “class status” for
homosexuals, bisexuals, transvestites, “transgender” and
“transsexual” people.

“You’re essentially creating a civil right based on immoral
and changeable behavior, and that’s a bad precedent to set in the
law,” said Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth.

The House of Representatives passed an identical version of the legislation May 3 by a vote of 237 to 180.

On Monday, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council will join
Focus on the Family’s Dr. Bill Maier and Tom Minnery to discuss hate
crimes on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast.
 
“This
legislation is essentially a federal power grab,” said Matt Barber,
policy director for cultural issues at Concerned Women for America. “It
circumvents the 10th Amendment, which guarantees states’ rights, and
the authority of state police power, and gives the federal government
power to police and to govern and to monitor and to enforce crime at a
municipal, or local level, which is really constitutionally dubious.”

Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family Action,
said Democrats are using a political tactic by tacking hate-crimes
legislation onto Defense spending.

Read More — CitizenLink: U.S. Senate Prepares to Vote on Dangerous Hate-Crimes Bill

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