In all of his time in office, President Bush has only vetoed two bills. his third? The Hate Crimes bill of course! The administration say no no no to including sexual orientation in the hate crimes bill, which currently covers religion, race, color, and national origin.
There has always been a question as to whether motivation should have an effect on the punishment, but since it currently does in this country through the existing hate crimes legislation, should sexual orientation be included?
Thanks to Michael at Marriage Equality New York for this alert!
Critics of the bill say it would have a chilling effect on clergy who preach against homosexual behavior.