Defending the family

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(LA Times) - "Reporting from Washington - A long-debated bill to broaden the federal hate-crime law to cover violence against gays was approved Thursday by the Democratic-controlled House in what would be the first major expansion of the law in more than 40 years.

The measure, which is expected to go before the Senate within days, had faced a veto threat from President George W. Bush, but it has President Obama's support.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said that Obama looked forward to signing the bill."

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