Hate Crimes bill passes House of Representatives

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expectationsx390jpgH.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has just passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 249 to 175. The bill would add hate crimes protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

Perhaps the most offensive moment of the proceedings (and there were many) came when Rep. Virginia Fox (R) of North Carolina said that Matthew Shepard was murdered because was gay… a hoax..

“The bill was named after a very unfortunate incident that happened, where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him, the hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s, it’s really a hoax, that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.”


Post by ILO on 04/29/09 at 1:56 pm