Hate Crimes Bill passes!

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    Jul 21, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    Received this email just a few minutes ago:

    Dear Erik,

    The Matthew Shepard Act passed the Senate

    Now it's time to follow up with your senators.

    Find out how they voted and call them TODAY!

    I have great news to share: the Senate has passed the Matthew Shepard Act!

    The bill will soon be on its way to President Obama's desk, where he'll get a chance to make good on his promise to sign it.

    This vote came on the heels of tremendous pressure from radical right-wing groups that used every trick in the book.

    They called the bill the "Pedophile Protection Act" among other outrageous lies. They dismissed the barbaric hate crime that took Matthew Shepard's life as a "hoax." They flooded the Senate with hundreds of thousands of letters and calls.

    But your calls, emails, and financial support for our work helped make sure the truth prevailed in the end. Without you, this victory for equal rights would not have been possible.

    Will you do one last important thing? Click here to find out how your Senators voted then CALL them to tell them what you think about their vote!

    http://hrc.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/Hate_Crimes_Vote_Results

    Whether your Senator voted "Yes" or "No," they need to hear from you. Post-vote feedback puts lawmakers on notice that their constituents are engaged, and makes them more likely to pay attention when we need their help again.

    This hate crimes legislation is a tremendous step forward for full equality for LGBT Americans, but we most certainly will need their help again.

    Please take a minute from your busy day to make these two quick calls.

    Thank you for all your help!

    Warmly,


    Joe Solmonese
    President


    2 democrats didn't vote. The rest along with the 2 independents voted Yes. Interestingly, 7 republicans didn't vote and 5 voted Yes. Just needs Obama's signature and it becomes permanent law!




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    Jul 21, 2009 5:10 PM GMT
    This was part of Obama's GLBT rights platform. It will be so good once he finally signs this into law... he wont seem like such a suck-ass on our issues. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    I'm not holding much hope on this one since it's attached to the Defense funding bill, and Obama has said he will veto the whole bill if it includes funding for the F-22 program.

    Edit: never mind, just saw that they dropped the F-22 funding from the bill. That should clear it for Obama.