Actions promote US hate crimes law

August 25, 2000
A series of "United Against Hate" rallies are underway to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the Hate Crimes Prevention Act(HCPA), which would add sexual orientation, gender and disability as protected categories under existing federal law and greatly expand the cases in which federal investigators and prosecutors could act.
      In June, the Senate passed the measure for a second time as part of a larger appropriations bill, only to have its amendment dropped in conference committee. Supporters of HCPA are convinced that if the House Republican leadership would allow the measure to come to the floor before the current legislative session ends, it would pass.
      While President Bill Clinton (D) has repeatedly called for enactment, Republican Presidential candidate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, does not believe that bias-motivated crimes should be treated differently from other crimes.