Just as I warned in June, the fate of hate crimes legislation is tied to the defense bill. We're now put in the uncomfortable position of advocating for our allies to authorize more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Several LGBT friendly Democrats are adamantly opposed to the war(s) and won't want to vote for the defense bill. This would mean they would be voting against hate crimes legislation as well since it's all bundled together now.
Which leads us to the inevitable question... Will you be contacting your Congress member to urge them to fund the wars since hate crimes legislation is attached? Or will you urge them to vote against the bill as a statement on America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan?
I wonder how HRC will score this vote on their Congressional scorecard.