Well, Obama has added the LGBT community
to the people protected under hate crime laws. That is all fine and dandy, but I am not sure whether this does more harm or good.
To me this more or less is just something that points out some sort of arbitrary difference between people and says "you are too weak to protect yourself, which is why we will protect you for you". I am very much for equal rights and equal protection, but I am definitely not for special protection. A crime is a crime and the reason it was committed for should not necessarily factor into the sentencing. Differentiation due to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality or what have you should not be granting special protection, even if it was cause for special disadvantages in the past.