Supporters and critics of new hate crimes legislation are working to make their voices known to Congress.
Supporters say the bill will offer greater protection to gay, lesbian and trans-gendered crime victims, but critics argue it could lead to charges against those who speak out against homosexuality.
Religious rights groups like the Liberty Counsel are working to circulate petitions against the bill. The group has set up an online petition drive to give 100,000 signatures to Congress of Americans opposing the hate crimes bill. They are currently at 98,000.
Meanwhile, the bill has gotten significant support from the White House, Justice Department and leaders on Capitol Hill. Senate majority leader Harry Reid has also committed to passing the legislation before August 1.
CBN News Washington Correspondent John Jessup has more on how the bill, if passed, will change current hate crimes laws. Click play for his comments.