Senate Vote Amends Hate Crimes to Include LGBT Folk; Alexander and Corker Absent


Duanna Johnson
  • Duanna Johnson
We're not there yet, but this was a pretty groundbreaking vote: 63 Senators voting to extend protection to the LGBT community under hate crime legislation.

Here in Tennessee, and Memphis especially, transgendered women have been dropping like flies over the last few years: shot, beaten, you name it. And now the amendment to the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed in a cloture vote by the high lawmaking body of the land would suggest that we're taking a baby step toward affording the LGBT community the same rights we all enjoy.

Here's what's not so encouraging: Our two senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker -- from the very state that has dealt so much violence to the transgendered -- weren't even there for the vote. That's not the kind of message we should be sending. Or would such a vote not sit well with Tennessee Republicans?

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