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Sunday, October 16, 2005

And the hate just keeps on coming

Ion and I are back. You can expect posts to pick up again. (That was a great post, Cass, by the way. Thanks for posting it!)

I didn't make any posts while I was in Ohio, as though that's not terribly obvious. I just didn't have time, but I feel guilty about this because I missed ... well, anniversary is a terrible word to use. Nonetheless, a few days ago it was seven years since Matthew Shepard was murdered.

“No mother should have to see her child’s life cut short because of hate,” said Judy Shepard.

“My son Matthew was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime seven years ago this month. Since then, too many other innocent Americans have been attacked or killed because they were gay or transgender. But Congress still hasn’t acted. Every American child deserves the strongest protections from some of this country’s most heinous crimes.”

The House of Representatives passed legislation last month to expand federal hate crimes laws to include gays, lesbians and the transgendered (story) but a Senate version remains tied up in committee, and would not cover transsexuals.

Called the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act it has passed the Senate in previous congressional sessions only to die in the House.

The bill would allow the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting cases in which violence occurs. [link]

Has much changed since then?

AMERICAblog just mentioned this event in Ohio - the state I was just relaxing in. It's crazy stuff. A group of "Christians" that have been using their numbers to influence politics held a revival Friday. They want to convert more people and continue to influence politics.

The group's formation comes after last November's election in which Christian conservatives helped pass a gay-marriage ban in Ohio and give President Bush the electoral votes he needed to claim victory. [link]

And I just heard that a gay man in London has been beaten to death.

Not a good day for news, I guess.


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