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Legislation long sought by Democrats that would expand federal hate-crime laws to cover gay and transgendered people has won approval in the Senate, raising expectations among supporters that the time has finally come for it to be enacted. …
The Senate approved the expanded hate-crime bill by voice vote late Thursday night after a 63-28 procedural vote that broke a Republican filibuster. Republicans cast all 28 votes against the bill, but there were also five Republicans who voted for it, delivering crucial support to reach the 60-vote threshold.
Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, led the opposition to the amendment, saying it was irrelevant to the defense bill, to which it was attached, and deserved to be debated at length as stand-alone legislation.
Furthermore, he argued the bill was unnecessary. To continue …