Monday, October 26, 2009
In 48 hours, President Obama will make history as he signs The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, this according to a source and reported by Ben Stein at Politico.
Obama will give remarks on signing hate crimes legislation Wednesday afternoon, and is sending invitations out to LGBT groups, including some that have been critical of the White House for a reception in partnership with the David Bohnett Foundation.
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, named after Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student who was tied to a fence, beat and left to die because of his was gay, and James Byrd, a Texas man who was brutally murdered by being dragged behind a pickup truck because he was African American.
Under the bill, the definition of “hate crimes” is expanded to include gender identity and sexual orientation, additions from the current legislation which only includes religion, race and political beliefs.