Political Babble about the Matthew Shepard Act.

If any of you are familiar with Fair Wisconsin, then you probably already know this.

On May 3, the House of Representatives voted 237-180 in favor of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This act is also more commonly known as the Matthew Shepard Act. It includes protection for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals who are victims of hate crimes, which is something that should have long been included in law enforcement. It’s sad that it has only now come into play.

This bill is now being sent over to the Senate, which is thought to have enough democratic support to be passed. Unfortunately, the conservatives (or most) are pushing for President Bush to veto it if voted in favor of. Since we have all know how the President feels about this, it will most likely happen.

But what can we do to stop him? Fair Wisconsin and its allies are calling on Bush to meet with the families of those who have suffered from hate crimes due to sexuality and gender. There are action networks being created all over the country, and if you just look for your state’s GLBT support group, I’m sure you’ll find a way to help out.

So why would people want to stop a hate crime bill from being passed? Oh I suppose that means they can’t say prejudice things against gay people! Oh what a pitty. Many conservative groups are afraid that this is going to take away their rights in saying hurtful things to those they oppose. Uh huh.

You know, sometimes I find it really hard to understand the world.

What is your definition of equality?