Updated - November 7, 2009
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to extend new federal protections to people who are victimized because of their gender or sexual orientation, bringing the legislation close to reality after years of fierce debate.
he 68 -29 vote sends the measure to President Obama, who has said he supports it. The measure, attached to an essential military-spending bill, broadens the definition of federal hate crimes to include those committed because of a victim’s gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
It gives them the same federal safeguards already afforded to people who are victims of violent crimes because of their race, color, religion or national origin.
Supporters of the legislation argued that it would deter those tempted to attack people out of bigotry, and that extra protections for those victimized because of their sexuality were needed because such crimes have been on the rise. Read complete article - By DAVID STOUT – The New York Times – International Herald Tribune
Will Hate Crimes Extend
Victimization & Harm
Benedict XVI and His Hierarchy
Gay Priests and LGBT Children Growing Up In USA?
Let The Investigations Begin or Continue!
The Vatican to pay for the lifetime of harm caused by their unsubstantiated antigay teachings to LGBT children growing up, like the Tobacco Companies had to pay for the lifetime damage they caused their consumers.
When the Rev. Martin Kurylowicz came out to his Sparta parish eight years ago, he said he had struggled for years with his homosexuality.
The Catholic priest says the struggle would be made harder for many others if the Vatican issues new rules that reportedly would ban gays from becoming priests…
…"I sizzled when I read it," said Kurylowicz, 55. "It's very hurtful, is what it is. In this day and age, there's no reason for it. It sends a message that there's something wrong with gays."
Kurylowicz said he spoke out then to raise awareness of violence against gays and teach others homosexuality is not a choice but an inborn trait. Church leaders still don't understand that and contribute to gays' poor selfesteem, he said…
…"Kids as young as 4 or 5 know they're different," said Kurylowicz, a psychotherapist at the Guidance Center in Southgate with a private practice in Canton. "They grow up with this pervasive guilt, which sabotages their growth and motivation."
The result is thousands of dollars in therapy to accept their natural orientation, he said, adding,
"Does the Vatican want to take that on, like the tobacco industry had to take on for the damage it caused consumers?"…
Feels Like The 4th Of July!!!
Important note: I mean no disrespect to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids are being hurt!!!