Obama Signs Hate Crimes Bill into Law; Protections Extended to Gays; Act Hailed as 'Historic Milestone'
Byline: Jon Ward, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
President Obama delivered a major victory to the gay rights movement Wednesday by signing into law a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the class of minorities protected under federal hate crime laws.
The historic and controversial legislation was attached to a $680 billion defense authorization bill that was noteworthy for its elimination of some costly weapons systems and its expansion of the war in Afghanistan.
Speaking to an emotional audience of a few hundred gay rights activists in the White House East Room, hours after a separate ceremony for the defense authorization bill signing, Mr. Obama called the hate crimes portion of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Obama Signs Hate Crimes Bill into Law; Protections Extended to Gays; Act Hailed as 'Historic Milestone'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: October 29, 2009. Page number: A08. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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