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05/03/2007

Vote: Reps say no to misreps

by Jeremy Hooper

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By a vote of 237-180, the House has passed HR 1592!!

The bill now heads to the Senate (where it's likely to also pass). The bill would then head to the president, to whom those who think it's a "sin, it" seem to have once again proven themselves more important than those who wish to see bias eliminated from society.

::sigh:: But let's not think of a veto for now. For now let's hold on to the historic victory. There'll be time enough for bitchin' when the dealin's done.

**UPDATE: Statements from pro-LGBT groups:

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Historic Hate Crimes Bill [HRC]
PFLAG Praises House Passage of Landmark Hate Crimes Legislation; Group Calls on Senate to Now Pass Integral Bill [PFLAG]
MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION APPLAUDS UNITED STATES HOUSE FOR PASSING HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION; ANTI-GAY ORGANIZATIONS FAIL TO PERSUADE CONGRESS WITH MISINFORMATION AND LIES [Matthew Shepard Foundation]

**UPDATE2: For loads and loads of backstory leading up to today's vote, check out our Hate Crimes Legislation Archive.

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Interesting. I'm surprised that 11 Republicans co-sponsored this Act. I'm curious to see what the breakdown is. With 11 GOP co-sponsors and given the breakdown between the parties in the House, we have roughly 11-15 Republican Congressmen who voted for it. There may be more and it would appear that some Dems voted against it. Please post a link to the vote tally when it is put online. Thus far I cannot find it. Thanks.

Posted by: John | May 3, 2007 2:50:29 PM

John: Click the C-Span graphic for the vote breakdown.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 3, 2007 2:55:29 PM

Awesome, thanks. So 25 Republicans voted in favor while 14 Democrats opposed it. Well let's see what happens in the Senate...

Posted by: John | May 3, 2007 2:58:46 PM

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