Rep. Porter offered an amendment to SB 45, a sex offender bill, that included part of his "bias crime" measure setting up special legal protections for victims of crime based upon their sexual behavior as homosexuals (sexual orientation) or as cross-dressers (gender identity).
All crime should be punished equally regardless of the victim’s private behavior, be it the mugging of a little old lady or the mugging of a 30 year-old homosexual. Judging the motivation of an irrational criminal is problematic and it can lead to motive, speech or thought crimes.
Notice again how Clark only describes the amendment in terms of its impact on criminal victims who are "homosexuals" or "cross-dressers." His examples never include a criminal victim's race, national origin, religion or sex, also included in the proposed legislation. Why do you suppose that he and Eric Miller always identify "homosexuals" and "cross-dressers" in their explanation of their opposition to hate crimes legislation? It's starting to look a little like Clark and Miller hate "homosexuals" and "cross-dressers".
Clark didn't stop his celebration of the defeat of the hate crimes amendment, though, until he got in a parting shot at the Democratic members of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee who voted against SJR-7. "Interestingly, every member of the House Rules Committee who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last week also voted for this amendment on Monday attempting to grant special protections to homosexuals," Clark ended. Again, there's that word "homosexual". Are we seeing a pattern here?
Oh, and Micah, you and Miller need to be careful about those "partisan" swipes at Democrats. Remember, your organizations are supposed to be "nonpartisan", "nonprofits". We don't want you getting into trouble with the IRS.