Two of my friends have a point/counterpoint pair of columns in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dyana Mason argues for hate-crime legislation for attacks based on sexual orientation, while Rick Sincere argues precisely the opposite point. I actually agree with both of them, oddly. I think Rick is right — hate-crime legislation doesn’t make much sense. The prospect of somebody attacking somebody for no reason at all is far more troubling than somebody who does it for a reason of prejudice. But I think that Dyana is right, too — the fact is that we have hate-crime legislation, and we should include sexual orientation in it so long as we have it.