Mathew Shepard Act is going to get voted this week!

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    Jul 14, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    Well those are real good news because a crime motivated against a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender person will be considered a Hate Crime and therefore it will be punished harder than a regular crime.

    However the right wing including our not so friends of Focus on the Family are making calls to the senators of the congress so they vote against the Mathew Shepard Act. As a matter of fact they even call it the Pedophile Protection Act.

    So... please everyone do something really good for you, for me and for every LGBT person in this country and Text "EndHate" to 69866 or dial 202.684.2468 to talk to your senator.

    You just have to say: I'm calling to urge my senator to support the Mathew Shepard Act S.909

    Then they will ask you, from where are you calling from, you just tell them and they will thank you and that's all you added you little grain to the equality movement.

    Common it just take 45 seconds and it will change the lives of thousands of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people.

    I did it... I can barely speak English so you can do it even better!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 14, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    I can't believe after all these years, the Matthew Shepard Act will finally reach a vote. Thank God the democrats are running the place.

    As a supporter of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, I certainly encourage everyone to voice their views... and learn what the legislation contains and what it doesn't.
  • a2507

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    Jul 15, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    Deningrad said.........So... please everyone do something really good for you, for me and for every LGBT person in this country and Text "EndHate" to 69866 or dial 202.684.2468 to talk to your senator.

    You just have to say: I'm calling to urge my senator to support the Mathew Shepard Act S.909

    Then they will ask you, from where are you calling from, you just tell them and they will thank you and that's all you added you little grain to the equality movement.

    Common it just take 45 seconds and it will change the lives of thousands of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people.

    I did it... I can barely speak English so you can do it even better!! icon_biggrin.gif


    Definitely call. But in Oklahoma, it's pretty fucking useless. Both senators are uber right wing and the idiot Inhofe and his staff are useless rude assholes as well.

    Calling Inhofe's office is an exercise in frustration since they don't even pretend that they care about their constituent's views. I hammered them that if Inhofe's such a law and order guy, why is he opposing a bill that police organizations across the US support. But to quote the late, great John Boswell, you can't use reason to get people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place.

    Dr. Coburn's not supporting the bill but his staff was civil and said that it was not the concept but the specifics of the language of the bill. Don't know if that's really true but at least it's better than the nonsense of Inhofe.
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    Jul 15, 2009 10:14 AM GMT
    I just read the email from HRC and not only will my senators get calls, some more will get calls also.
  • jrs1

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    Jul 15, 2009 10:55 AM GMT

    I can haz being proud of being gay?
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    Jul 15, 2009 11:25 AM GMT
    I'm really on the fence about hate crime legislation in general .

    On one side yeah these genuine type of guys deserve to be punished more severely and locked away where they cannot damage society


    On the other side I don't like the idea of lawyers trying to spin cases as hate crimes that really weren't, or using it to trump up charges they otherwise might not get a conviction on and hatred a motivation is almost impossible to prove unless the person confesses and if they confess they are probably doing it for a reduced sentence so whats the point.

    It also knaws away at the principal that all men are equal in the eyes of the law, while I believe a flawless legal system is impossible to achieve a principled one will stand the test of time.
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    Jul 15, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said[Hatte crime legislation] also knaws away at the principal that all men are equal in the eyes of the law, while I believe a flawless legal system is impossible to achieve a principled one will stand the test of time.

    All men may be equal, but not all crimes against them are. The intent, motivation and viciousness of a crime have always been considered by the courts. And the same threatening act against another ordinary citizen will not be punished as severely as the same act against a police officer, or gawd help you, against the President, so there are precedents based on who the victim is.

    Hate crime laws recognize the history & pattern of minority oppression, and that it constitutes a special class of crimes that are likely to be copied by others if not forcefully suppressed. Hence they receive special attention by law enforcement, and incur more severe penalties.

    I agree there is an opportunity for prosecutorial abuse of these laws, but that is always present in our judicial system. Rather, I think the greater risk is that juries will not convict on these charges when they involve gay hate, as has happened in the past.

    A prosecution on the basis of gay hatred invites the defense of "gay panic" and the accusation that the victim was to blame, for being a perverted gay in the first place. And US juries have bought that defense in the past.
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:41 PM GMT

    Senate votes to expand federal hate crimes law

    By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer – 25 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – People attacked because of their sexual orientation or gender would receive federal protections under a Senate-approved measure that significantly expands the reach of hate crimes law.

    The Senate bill also would make it easier for federal prosecutors to step in when state or local authorities are unable or unwilling to pursue hate crimes.

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    The proposed legislation expands federal hate crimes to include those perpetrated against people because of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It also removes restrictions on federally protected activities.

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    Jul 17, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    "Senate votes big expansion of federal hate crimes

    By JIM ABRAMS (AP) – 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved the most sweeping expansion of federal hate crimes protections since the original law was enacted after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

    The legislation broadens federal reach to protect those physically attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a disability. Current law is limited to crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or religion.

    The Senate approved the measure on a voice vote immediately after voting 63-28 to overcome Republican-led opposition to considering the measure an amendment to a defense spending bill. Sixty votes were needed to clear that procedural hurdle.

    The House in April passed a stand-alone hate crimes bill that is similar to the Senate legislation."


    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hmxKiiSIsM-k7nX2yECb7kGw1qhwD99FUMJG0

  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2009 8:50 AM GMT
    Judy & Dennis Shepard accept the Edward M. Kennedy National Leadership Award at the Human Rights Campaign 13th Annual National Dinner in Washington, DC