Archive for October, 2009
On Thursday, Congress approved the addition of a sexual orientation clause to the list of federal hate crimes which will be subject to prosecution. CBS news notes that this measure has been on the congressional agenda for over 10 years, and expands the current law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. It is named for Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming college student who was murdered 11 years ago.
This expansion of our current hate crimes law had been a priority of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. We hope that today, somehow – somewhere, both he and Matthew are aware and smiling.
This is the eleventh anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death… Mathew’s mom has been indefatigable in lobbying congress and rallying supporters for a new hate crimes bill. Please support Mrs. Shephard and help if you can. Matthew – here’s hoping your death and suffering will continue to act as a catalyst to new understanding and tolerance.