Too bad it took the death of young, precious Matthew Shepard (one of our own) in order to get this done. **Do a heavy-ass smirk on the face, shake head**
The nation should have had a hate crime bill drafted and active CENTURIES ago!!!!!!!!!!!
The Senate approved the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes 68-29.
Covers The Washington Post: "The legislation, which was attached to the conference report for the bill outlining the Pentagon's budget, marks the culmination of a years-long fight by civil-rights groups to codify the expanded protections. The law broadens the current definition of federal hate crimes -- which covers attacks motivated by race, color, religion or national origin -- to include those based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It would also create a new federal crime to cover attacks against U.S. military personnel because of their service."
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