Matthew Shepard Bill passes the House, despite crazed comments from conservatives

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History was made yesterday as the House swiftly passed H.R. 1913, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act. The act would expand the 1969 hate crime law by including crimes against others based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or perceived gender and disability.

But boy did it throw several legislators into a tizzy. A number of conservatives  argued against it vociferously; one highlight came from  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as she referred to the bill as promulgating “thought crimes.” Really?

Perhaps the most repugnant comments of all came from Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx who used the word “hoax” when describing Matthew Shepard’s murder. Don’t believe me? See for yourself …

She’s already received the ire of Keith Olbermann and many around the country. But worst of all, her comments have disgraced Michael’s family and his death and add to the denial that hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transgendered people are nothing special but just “crimes.”

A Facebook group has been set up against Foxx called “Firefoxx.” You can also let her know how you feel by calling the numbers below:

Washington, DC: (202) 225-2071
Clemmons, NC: (336) 778-0211
Boone, NC: (828) 265-0240

The bill moves on the the Senate and, according to Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, has the support of majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama.

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3 Responses to “Matthew Shepard Bill passes the House, despite crazed comments from conservatives”

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  3. HalfGay Says:

    I am saddened to say that my representative Dana Rohrabacher voted against this too. I am starting my letters to him letting him know my disgust at him supporting this woman. I really hope she is up for re-election and gets hosed by an opponent with some sense.

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