House passes hate crimes bill.

By a vote of 237-180, the House approved the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a bipartisan bill that would enable federal officials to work with state and local officials to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. Twenty-five Republicans joined to pass the legislation. (Read more about the legislation in today’s Progress Report.)

UPDATE: ACLU has more.

UPDATE II: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), the only one of two openly gay members of Congress, announces the passage: