Friday, October 30, 2009

Hate Crimes Bill Includes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Becomes Law USA

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama keeps word on hate crime – Boston Globe AP Associated Press

By Darlene Superville - Associated Press Writer / October 29, 2009

WASHINGTON—For this accomplishment, President Barack Obama sought maximum publicity.

There was a bill signing at a wooden desk set up in the East Room, with the media invited, followed by a reception for joyous, champagne-sipping supporters and an address to them, again, from the East Room.

Obama was keeping a campaign promise to gays and lesbians by putting his signature on a bill to include violence against gays in federal hate crimes law…

The expanded law now also covers crimes motivated by gender identity or disability.

"No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love. No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are or because they live with a disability," Obama said, referring to Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., for whom the law is named.

Shepard was a gay Wyoming college student murdered in 1998; Byrd was a black man chained to a pickup truck by three white men and dragged to his death in east Texas that year. Read complete article - By Darlene Superville - Associated Press Writer - Boston Globe

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