Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rob Portman Votes for Sexual Orientation Based Hate Crimes Legislation
In section 3 of S.47, 113th Congress, ‘‘underserved populations” is defined as “populations who face barriers in accessing and using victim services, and includes populations underserved because of…sexual orientation, gender identity...”
In section 120 of this bill it says, ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—Of the amounts appropriated under the grant programs identified in paragraph (2), the Attorney General shall take 2 percent of such appropriated amounts and combine them to award grants to eligible entities described in subsection (b) of this section to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking in underserved populations and to provide victim services to meet the needs of adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in underserved populations…PLANNING GRANTS.—The Attorney General may use up to 25 percent of funds available under this section to make one-time planning grants to eligible entities to support the planning and development of specially designed and targeted programs for adult and youth victims in one or more underserved populations…”
In other words, this bill would require the government to spend more taxpayer’s money to protect people just because of their sexual orientation. And the Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio, Rob Portman, voted for it.