Remember when Jim DeMint said he'd rather have 30 like-minded Republicans than a large tent majority? Well, he and 28 other like-minded Senate members (including one Democrat) voted against the latest Defense Authorization bill, which included an amendment expanding hate crime protections in regards to gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
No surprises that DeMint rolls out the same arguments that have been refuted by supporters of the hate crimes bill for years, including an attempt to play off the fears of religious persecution and the protection of pedophiles and people in wheelchairs who like to run over feet. Well, that last one was mine.
The most important thing to remember is that legal protection from violence only goes so far to deter hate crimes. An even better tool is a diverse community that stands up against this violence.