Hate crimes extension bill passed by House.

From Jurist:

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill [HR 2647 materials] that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act [PDF] was passed 281-146 as part of the conference report authorizing $681 billion in military appropriations for the 2010 fiscal year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) welcomed the bill’s passage:

This nation was founded on the promise of pluralism; a commitment to equality and opportunity; and the belief that “liberty and justice for all” is not simply an empty pledge – it rests at the core of our identity as a people. No American should ever have to suffer persecution or violence because of who they are, how they look, or what they believe.

It’s about fucking time. Now to get it through the ball-less fucks in the Senate. 


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Posted on October 10, 2009, in hate crimes legislation. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Oh great, now we're all going to become gay.

  2.    I know that law was passed because of what happened to Shepard and I am glad they extended it but what friggen good is it? I do not see any decrease!

  3. dusty dahling,
    i missed the post about your having surgery.  i hope that the fact that you're posting means that all went well and that you're feeling okay.

    as to the hate crimes bill passing, i'm not a huge fan of the hate crimes bill.  i can see both sides of it, but i think actions should be punished, not motive (just as i am totally against victim impact statements in court.  punishment should be equal for equal crimes, no matter who the victim may be).  that said, i'm thrilled it was passed if only for the fact that it will make louie gohmert cringe thinking about it while he's screwing an underaged dead male goat.

  4. Hate crimes are a higher level of crime. Last week, someone set a homeless man on fire. He had severe burns all over his body. He was “lucky” 3 other homeless men were killed this summer. 
    What kind of monsters do this sort of thing?
    2 of the cases seem to be solved, 2 others remain at large. 

  5. Naturally, my heartless bastard senator John Cornyn voted against it.
    What a turd.

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