Senate Passes Gay Hate Crimes Bill

Friday, October 23, 2009

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By a vote of 68-29, the U.S. Senate passed a hate crimes bill making violence against gays and lesbians a Federal crime on Thursday. The bill is expected to be signed by President Obama.

The passage of the bill is seen as a victory for civil rights groups that have long sought to expand the Federal statute beyond attacks motivated by religion, race, color or national origin.

Named in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten to death in 1998, and for James Byrd Jr., an African American in Texas who was chained to a pickup and dragged to death the same year, the bill was attached to a $680-billion Pentagon measure.

Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department would be charged with enforcing the provisions, praised the bill’s passage.

“There have been nearly 80,000 hate-crime incidents reported to the FBI since I first testified before Congress in support of a hate-crimes bill 11 years ago,” Holder said.

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14 Responses to Senate Passes Gay Hate Crimes Bill

  1. Estacada says:

    68 senators voted “YES” and 29 senators voted “NO.”

    Interesting. Beyond the douchebag Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, do you know who the remaining 28 gay haters are?

    I think you should post their names for everyone to see and admonish.

  2. Jim says:

    It’s about time! Finally, a win over bigoted Republican idiots.

  3. JollyRoger says:

    The Rushpubliscums are beside themselves.

    First, their KBR cronies got their “rape away with no worries” card taken away from them, and now THIS?!? Damn darkie’s gonna make it impossible for a good old white boy to do what comes natural!

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    Agreed Estacada…the first thing I thought of when I was reading this was, “Who are the 29 assholes”? This was a long time overdue. It will hopefully be a continuum into further legislation that will give equality to the LGBT persuasion. Great news on a Friday.

  5. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    This was a long hard fought battle and a longtime coming.

    The asshole rightwingers who voted against this bill were not only voting against the gay and lesbian community — they were voting against this country.

    To them, as a retired Marine, I saw fuck you. Deal with it.

  6. pligfighter says:

    I agree this is a good law to protect gays and minorities. However, I really hate mormon polygamists and most people here would probably agree with me. If some friends and I beatup some FLDS pligs, would this law apply to us? I hope it doesn’t.

  7. Dale L. Suyeishi says:

    H.R. 2647 is a splendid tribute to Judy Sheppard and the entire Sheppard family.

    Now, prosecutors from Nome, AK to Hollywood, FL have a Federal standard to punish miscreants who commit violent acts against LGBT Americans.

    I look forward to President Obama signing H.R. 2647 into law. This is a great day for America.

  8. No Nonsense says:

    Chris, do we know who the 29 ass wipes are?

  9. JollyRoger says:

    For those who are asking for a roster, here you go.

    You won’t be surprised.

    John Barrasso, Bob Bennett, Kit Bond, Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning, Richard Burr, Saxby Chambliss, Tom Coburn, Thad Cochran, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mike Crapo, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Mike Enzi, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Judd Gregg, James Inhofe, Johnny Isakson, Mike Johanns, George Lemieux, Jon Kyl, John McCain, James Risch, Pat Roberts, Sam Brownback, Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby, John Thune, David Vitter, Roger Wicker

  10. Miz Lindsay was against it? There’s a surprise. Someone better tell him that voting against the queers doesn’t make him seem believably straight.

  11. Conejo1982 says:

    Those 29 senators are feces. Human waste not worth the powder to blow them up with.

    But I am not the least bit surprised to see them. All the usual players.

    Thanks for posting them, Jolly Roger.

  12. McDaddy says:

    Christopher: Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad this hates crime bill was passed. But it bothers me for two reasons:
    1. It took such a long time;
    2. To ensure passage, they had to tag onto some some funding for the Pentagon. The bill was strong enough to be passed on its own.

  13. McDaddy,

    I think the Democrats boxed the Republicans in who voted against the bill.

    The Republicans not only got exposed as vicious homophobes but they voted against the troops!

    I think the vote was a thing of beauty.

  14. libhomo says:

    I hope this actually reaches Obama’s desk.

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