Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Hate crimes bill in jeopardy

The Human Rights Campaign sent out an urgent action alert Wednesday, November 28 calling on community members to contact members of the House and Senate to keep the hate crimes bill from being derailed.

The Matthew Shepard Act has been approved by both the House and the Senate and was included in a defense spending bill. Now, however, HRC says that the hate crimes provision is in danger of being removed from the spending bill.

According to HRC, Senate leadership employed a commonplace strategy with the bill. They calculated that the only chance of the Matthew Shepard Act surviving President Bush’s veto pen was if it were attached to a “must-pass” Department of Defense bill. But now that House and Senate are reconciling their versions of the DoD bill, it is under attack from anti-LGBT conservatives against hate crimes legislation, as well as progressive, pro-equality lawmakers who oppose some of the defense bill’s provisions for the war in Iraq.

HRC said that there only a few days before Congress is back in session and the final decision is made.

“This issue is especially timely right now. Last week, the FBI reported that hate crimes rose nearly 8 percent last year,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in the alert.

Solmonese is asking that people contact their senators and representatives and ask that they make sure the Department of Defense bill passes with the Matthew Shepard Act included.

For more information, visit HRC’s action center at:

— Cynthia Laird, November 28, 2007 @ 4:31 pm PST
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