Prosecuting Hate Crimes
On the Cloture Motion
Senate Roll Call No. 350
110th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 60-39 (see complete tally)
On September 27, 2007, the Senate, by a vote of 60-39, invoked cloture and allowed a vote on the Kennedy-Smith Amendment. The Senate then passed the amendment by voice vote. The ACLU supported the Kennedy-Smith Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1585) because it would expand the federal criminal civil rights statute to punish violent acts committed against a person because of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, gender or disability. It also included important First Amendment free speech protections by prohibiting use of evidence of a person's speech or membership to prove the crime unless the evidence was directly related to the violent offense.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 350
Votes For : 60
Votes Against : 39
Not Voting : 1