Much to my surprise, the Hate Crime Legislation passed in the House this morning by a vote of 237 to 180. That isn’t quite enough to override a veto, but the president is going to have a lot to answer for if he decides to veto that bill. Here is an email I received from the Matthew Shepard Foundation (Matthew Shepard is the guy who was murdered for being gay and then strung up on a fence and left to die):
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES FEDERAL HATE CRIMES BILL!
HELP US STOP ANTI-GAY ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE TRYING TO BLOCK SENATE PASSAGE WITH LIES AND MISINFORMATION!
I am currently in Washington D.C. where the U.S. House of Representatives just passed Federal Hate Crimes legislation titled Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 by a vote of 237 to 180.
Although this is the first step to ensuring that ALL Americans are protected from violent acts of hate, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO!
We need your help in raising $25,000 by next week to counter the misinformation and lies being spread by anti-gay forces. Donate Now!
This morning, I met with key legislative leaders about their essential support for this bill. Unfortunately many of these leaders have been targeted by anti-gay organizations claiming that this legislation would punish religious people for anti-gay speech dubbing this a “thought crimes bill.”
Focus on the Family’s James Dobson calls a federal hate crimes bill "insidious legislation… that could silence and punish Christians for their moral beliefs"; calls on Americans to oppose it.
Family Research Council claims federal hate crimes legislation would create a "caste system" because police would receive federal money for investigating the hate crime if the person was LGBT.
Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition claims a federal hate crimes bill would harm "religious freedom" and that Christians could be prosecuted for "preaching against homosexuality."
These claims are completely false! This legislation would grant local law enforcement officials federal funds for the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes motivated out of prejudice and hate that result in serious bodily injury and death. This bill is about violent actions!
As the parent of a young man killed simply for being gay and the Executive Director of an organization that strives to ‘Erase Hate’, I refuse to be silent and let this bill be manipulated and misconstrued.
EVERY SINGLE DONATION HELPS IN THIS TIMELEY FIGHT TO ERASE HATE!
Over the next month, the Matthew Shepard Foundation will be working hard to ensure this passage by speaking to wavering senators, by placing Op-Eds, by educating congressional staff in Washington and educating the American people about what this bill is really about!
Click here to support our efforts!
Thank you so much for your help in Replacing Hate with Understanding, Compassion & Acceptance!
It is nice to see the lies exposed once again from these faux-christian groups like the Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the Traditional Values Coalition. Well, their cry of hatred did not work for most Representatives.
You can read about the legislation here at 365gay.com.
I was also shocked to see that 14 Democrats voted against the legislation!!! 25 Republicans voted for it. I guess it is time to send an email to these 14 losers. Who are these losers?
Cramer of Alabama
Berry of Arkansas
Ross from Arkansas
Sali from Idaho
Simpson from Idaho
Donnelly from Indiana
Melancon from Lousiana
Taylor from Mississippi
McIntyre of North Carolina
Boren from Oklahoma
Carney from Pennsylvania
Lincoln from Tennessee
Gorden from Tennessee
(I’ve missed one, but I am so disgusted with this group that I just don’t care).
As you can see, most of these votes came from the South where slavery was legal and where civil rights in general still has some problems for people of color. I guess it takes a while for people like these to pass on into history…There were also a number of democrats that did not vote.
One big loser from the Republicans is Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin. He is the one last year that took this bill out before it could even be voted on. I hope someone slapped this passed legislation on his desk as the victors rolled by… 🙂
So now it goes on to the Senate. Unless there are democratic traitors there, there shouldn’t be too many problems for it to pass.