Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

So Close!: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Amendment Passes Senate 63-28, But Faces Possible Veto

Capital Gay FlagWashington, DC – In an historic vote for LGBT rights and hate crimes prevention, the U.S. Senate last night passed the Matthew Shepard Act as an amendment to the DOD appropriations bill by 63-28.  In a last ditch effort to block passage, right wing smear groups roused up 300,000 negative calls and emails, distorting the provisions of the hate crimes legislation.  In the end, it didn’t succeed in scaring enough senators.  The snag is that the DOD bill includes a measure funding F-22 fighter planes, a provision that President Obama has said he will veto, if it remains in the bill.  Would he actually veto a hate crimes law to stop the F-22?  To date, no major campaign promise Obama made to the LGBT community has been kept, a source of harsh criticism by activists and rank-and-file queer folk alike.  Now, according to Joe.My.God., the blog that helped break this story, “Senators Carl Levin and John McCain have offered a bi-partisan amendment to remove the F-22 funding that is scheduled for a vote Monday, but insiders say the count is unclear. If the amendment fails and President Obama vetoes the bill, it will be sent back to the Senate for a rewrite. A Democratic Senate aide said Senator Reid was optimistic, nonetheless, that hate crimes would ultimately make the final version of DOD authorization. “This was a good vote,” said the aide. ‘Senator Reid is hopeful that we can keep this language in the final bill.'”  You can bet that the fingers of every hand at the Unfinished Lives Project are crossed for passage of the hate crimes inclusive DOD appropriations bill.

July 17, 2009 - Posted by | anti-LGBT hate crime murder, Hate Crimes, Law and Order, Legislation, Matthew Shepard Act, military, Social Justice Advocacy, Washington, D.C. | , , , , ,

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