The House votes 281 to 146 to pass the conference report for the 2010 Department of Defense Authorization Bill. The bill includes an amendment extending hate crimes protections to people targeted on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
The conference report moves to the Senate which could vote as early as next week. Or possibly this weekend, as the President will deliver the keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign on the eve
Here is the roll call. The DoD Authorization is traditionally overwhelmingly supported by Republicans and opposed by some progressive Democrats. This conference report was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans. One hundred thirty one Republicans and 15 Democrats voted no. Only 44 of the House GOP voted yes. The Republicans "hate" gays and hate crime bills more than they support the troops.
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