The National Lesbian and Gay Task Force issued an urgent action request early this morning that says in part: "As the hate crimes bill moves closer to passage, ... some lawmakers are trying to turn this victory for justice into something ugly. They're using hate crimes legislation to push for an expansion of the death penalty. There's no time to waste. It's expected that in just a few hours, the Senate will vote on two amendments that would expand the use of the death penalty to include hate crimes. We need you to call your senators right now and tell them to vote against both death penalty expansion amendments. Dial 202-684-2468 or go to [www.thetaskforce.org] for links. ... Call now — the vote could be as early as 3 p.m. ET."
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