Hooray! It's Friday, the sun is shining (somewhere), and the US House of Representatives has passed the Hate Crimes bill! Says Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) of Missouri:
"This bill is a powerful statement that hate has no place in America. It brings existing Federal hate crimes law into the 21st century by broadening it to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation and disability."
Spread the word! Hate has no place in America, and crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, and disability do indeed count as hate crimes. (What? They weren't love crimes? Who knew?) In all seriousness though, this is great news. Now all those haters out there (I'm talking to you, Virginia Foxx) can shove it. (And go to jail for it.)
To further enhance your enjoyment of the passage of this bill, we now present you with this video of Representative Alcee Hastings (D) of Florida, giving Congress a much-needed lesson in sex education (apparently this lesson is much-needed by me as well, since I have no idea what half of the sex definitions he lists even mean):
An expanded definition of hate crimes! Now that's a great way to kick off the weekend.