Al Franken Calls For ‘Explicit Ban’ On Discrimination Against LGBT Students

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) “called for an ‘explicit ban’ on discrimination against LGBT students in a civil rights hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday,” the Minnesota Independent’s Andy Birkey reports. “My understanding is that LGBT persons are covered under the hate crimes act, and to the same extent that other groups like minorities and women [are],” Franken said. “This Congress has said we need to protect LGBT Americans in the same way we protect other vulnerable groups, doesn’t it follow that we should protect LGBT students from bullying to the same extent that we protect other groups?” Watch it: