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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Obama and the Hate Crimes Act

Matthew ShepardMatthew Shepard via Wikipedia

I've slammed President Obama a lot over the last few months, so let me give props when he's due: tomorrow in a White House ceremony, he will sign The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Named for Matthew Shepard, the gay teenager who was beaten to death in Wyoming, and James Byrd. Jr., the black man from Texas who was tied to a pick-up track and dragged to death, the act makes it a federal crime to assault someone because of their sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

It's about time that America, the land of the theoretically free, ensure that LGBT people can't be attacked in the streets by homophobes. Good on Obama (and Congress, who got this legislation through with a refreshing ease). If only health care would go this well...

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Blogger Ozzie Totten said...

Matthew Shepard was almost 22 when he died...just a quick correction.

10/28/09, 4:35 PM  
Blogger libhom said...

I would like to thank to the NEM participants and the people who courageously protested outside the HRC dinner. Without your big push, this simply wouldn't have happened.

10/28/09, 11:50 PM  

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