Honoring Matthew Shepard

There is some excellent news out of the Senate today.  Yesterday, the Senate voted to extend Federal hate crime laws so they will protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual and disabled Americans.  Previous laws only covered people who were attacked based on skin color, gender, national origin or religion.

Read all about it:

Senate Votes for Expanded Federal Authority to Prosecute Hate Crimes

The bill is named after Matthew Shepard, the young man from Wyoming who was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die in 1998.  I cannot think of a better way to honor his memory than to extend hate crime laws to include the GLBT community.

Of course, President Bush has indicated he will veto the bill when it gets to his desk.

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