Obama Hails Tougher Hate Crimes Law

President Barack Obama says a newly expanded hate crimes law will allow the nation's people to "live and love as we see fit."

The law extends federal hate crimes to include those perpetrated against people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It also removes restrictions on when the federal government can intervene in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.

Obama signed the bill into law earlier in the day. He held a separate White House ceremony to celebrate it with joyous supporters.

Advocates hail the law as major step toward more freedom and against bigotry.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    The only reason this bill made it through, is because it was attached to the defense bill. If anyone voted against it they were voting against getting money to the troops fighting for our freedom. If someone calls someone in the military a baby killer, would that not be a hate crime?
  • by Otis Location: Chocowinity,NC on Oct 31, 2009 at 09:34 PM
    Posted by: to Jamal and Lemarr on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:06 PM -- I am certainly not a racist, but I agree with Lavon(who is not a racist). How do you know that? . If you never even know or met Lavon ?
  • by to Jamal and Lemarr on Oct 31, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    I am certainly not a racist, but I agree with Lavon(who is not a racist). Maybe you cannot see any hate crimes, but their are alot of other things we( as blacks) need to look at. Lemarr please do not talk about getting an education. I have a high school diploma and degree and could not get a job. But this white guy came in with just a diploma and it was easy for him to get a job. All he had to do is talk to someone higher up and boom he was in. Blacks need to stick together, because it does not matter if a white person commits a crime or graduate with a degree white people will always stand up for each other. And I applaud them for that.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    Lavon is not racist, he is entitled. Hey Lavon, bow to obama, keep that job, pay those obama taxes, and explain to your grandchildren why their taxes are 42% of their pay (hopefully they will have a job) and why they stand in line for medical treatment. Now, when will congress and obama pass laws to protect our children that are abused, molested and murdered daily? They seem to have been forgotten.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    What a wonderful world The Great Democtraic Liberal dream has created under Obama. The dream of creating an Age of Aquarius, The land of OZ , Steeets of gold ,Gov't paid free everything. But something has gone terribly wrong The great Democratic Liberal experiment and has only spawned the Age of Survival , and it's only going to get worse. You can see it know with inflation and the price of everything slowly going up,up,up, No jobs high prices = crime black & white. But the Democrat Liberals will not adequately address the soaring crime rates, as it would harm their political aspirations and their Age of Aquarius dream . Ever hear of the Democrats being labeled as a party of “law and order?” You never will.
  • by Tanse Location: bethal on Oct 30, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Why has there been little to no national coverage of the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom murders? Why was the Duke lacrosse rape scandal a nation wide story before any facts came out? Reverse the race of both of the above and what would the outcome of the media coverage had been?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    Just remember, this will go both ways. Well, if you think it is to protect one race or sexual preference, you are wrong. There will be presendences to come. This will either divide the races or destroy what has been accomplished already.
  • by JustSaying Location: RMNC on Oct 29, 2009 at 11:02 PM
    Lavon: African American is a nationality not a race. Please understand the difference. If you are born in Africa and move to the USA and seek citizenship, you are a African American no matter what color you are.
  • by Attorney Location: NC on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    Why does our mass media ignore hate crimes carried out by blacks against white Americans If the situations were reversed white on black they would have made every newscast throughout this country. I do not want to stir up any racial animosity because there's already too much of that, but how can we ever hope to bridge the racial divide if we won't look at the hard facts of racism. How can anything good be accomplished when one type of hate crime recieves nationwide attention, while another type of hate crime which occurs at , higher rates is , swept under the rug?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    All of the Bible people here act like it's a sin that Obama signed this law. As "Christians" you act like you think it's okay for hate crimes to be committed on people who don't think as you do.
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