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I'm still not up to speed so I apologize for just passing this along and not sprucing things up a big......but The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed at the Federal level today!
Let me say that again - at the FEDERAL level - which means it's the law of the land! That means that it is now a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her actual, or perceived, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sadly we celebrated the 11th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard with a March held in Lakeview - sadly I missed it because I was in Vegas.
The Bill had been attached to the must-pass Defense bill, that was approved 68-29. Interestingly enough, ALL BUT TWO of the nay votes came from Republicans.
This wasn't the only thing attached to the Bill, in case people think we're trying to slip things in, there was also an inclusion that makes it a federal crime if a Serviceperson is attacked because of their participation in the Armed Services.
Of course the Church had to get in on it and the Republicans changed the language to protect free speech by religious leaders, or just anybody really, from being prosecuted because of what they say or their beliefs, so they can continue to tell us that GOD HATES FAGS!
The only thing left to do is for President Obama to sign it!
So what are you doing to make a difference?