GOP fumes, but Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act passes anyway

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    Oct 09, 2009 11:39 AM GMT
    From MSNBC:

    The GOP was vehemently against the hate crimes act, saying that it was improper to be attached to the Defense Authorization Bill. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said the act was, "radical social policy that is being put on the Defense Authorization bill on the backs of our soldiers because they probably can't pass it on its own."

    Boehner went on to say, "The idea that we are going to pass a law that is going to add further charges based on what they may have been thinking, I think is wrong."


    Hate crimes legislation was being put "on the backs of our soldiers"? Are these Republicans totally insane, just saying anything hateful that comes into their minds? You can bet the GOP will now try every trick in the Senate book to defeat it there, or in a subsequent Conference Committee.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/10/08/2093331.aspx
  • Koaa2

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    Oct 09, 2009 11:48 AM GMT
    Let the bastards fume! It is about time this has been added. Another accomplishment for LGBT community that this administration has done.
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    Oct 09, 2009 12:24 PM GMT
    Koaa2 saidLet the bastards fume! It is about time this has been added. Another accomplishment for LGBT community that this administration has done.

    It won't be fully accomplished until it passes in the US Senate, and then survives the Conference Committee. About 15% of all bills go into conference, whenever the wording between the House and Senate versions differs.

    You can be sure Republicans will try to reword any part of the Appropriations Bill they can, in which the Shepard Act is contained, causing it to go to conference if it passes in the Senate. That'll let them delay the process, giving them more time & opportunity to publicly spew their anti-gay hate & rhetoric.

    After the Conference Committee the common bill is then revoted by both houses of Congress, and sent to the President for signature. Obama will likely sign it. Only then will we have a real victory.
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    Oct 09, 2009 10:23 PM GMT
    Let them stew in their own juices.icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 09, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    man o man!

    There must be a run on high blood pressure meds in the red states today between this and the peace prize.

    Hey GOP - HAHAHA fuckin HAHA!
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    Oct 10, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
    How does an ass like this get elected?

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    Oct 10, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    Hahaha Heartrobb - You've never been to Texas apparently. Visit and you know why asses like this get elected.
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    Oct 10, 2009 4:47 AM GMT
    heartrobb saidHow does an ass like this get elected?

    That's easy to answer -- equally asinine Republicans vote for them. You can't blame an idiot like that on Democrats.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 10, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    I'm glad to see it. I hope it finally gets passed by the senate and becomes law. It sounds like there is enough support that even if conference committees try and jack around the specifics it will largely remain intact.
    Perhaps both houses will agree and the democrats can finally make it law.
    Its been 11 years....... and the republicans? History will be the final judge.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 10, 2009 7:06 AM GMT
    So the Republicans are calling it "radical social policy !"
    I take that to mean that the Republicans are in favor of beating and killing gays.

    I don't think we realize yet what a huge milestone this is for us: getting legal protection from being beaten and/or killed simply because we are gay.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 10, 2009 7:09 AM GMT
    All the talking heads say it is virtually assured passage in both houses of Congress and will be signed by President Obama. It's a done deal.
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    Oct 12, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    heartrobb saidHow does an ass like this get elected?



    Someone should shove a cock in his mouth and shut him up. We all know what Republicans do behind closed doors and in bathroom stalls.