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Author Topic: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim  (Read 1435 times)

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Offline Dachshund

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Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« on: April 13, 2007, 05:40:04 PM »
Supporters of hate-crimes legislation said Thursday they expect Congress to enact a law this year expanding federal penalties for acts of violence against homosexuals.

They have renamed their latest proposal in honor of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student who died after he was beaten and tied to a fence in Wyoming in 1998.

Lawmakers from both parties have pushed for a hate-crimes bill for nearly a decade. This year, however, supporters expect it will make it to President Bush partly because they consider Congress' new Democratic majority more sympathetic than its previous G.O.P. leaders.

By putting Shepard's name on the bill, "I believe we'll be more successful," said Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., who is co-sponsoring the bill with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

The measure would add protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity to existing laws that target violence because of race and religion.

"I can't think of a better way to honor Matthew's memory. He was a 21-year-old college student just living his life," said Shepard's mother Judy Shepard, who now heads a foundation in her son's name.

Asked about potential opposition from religious groups that disagree with homsexuality, Smith said that should not be a problem. "This act is about the prosecution of crime, not prohibition of speech," Smith said. "Unless they believe part of their religion is the practice of violence against others, they should not be affected by this bill."

Various versions of the hate crimes bill have passed the House or Senate in recent years, but have never reached the President.

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 05:45:21 PM »


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Offline Central79

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007, 08:16:11 AM »
Yup. Too slow...
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Offline fearless

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2007, 02:19:05 AM »
Maybe I'm coming from a point of ignorance here, but why do homosexuals need special hate crimes legislation? Aren't all acts of violence a crime anyway?
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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2007, 06:17:32 AM »
Maybe I'm coming from a point of ignorance here, but why do homosexuals need special hate crimes legislation? Aren't all acts of violence a crime anyway?

You would think so and that is the argument used against this legislation. However, in most hate crime legislation homosexuality usually is excluded from the bill. This legislation would be a federal law that included homosexuals. It would increase the punishment of those who violate someone solely because of race or national origin, religion and now sexual orientation. In many states in the U.S. where sodomy is illegal it ain't illegal to kick a fag's ass if you come before the right judge.

So to answer your question, "why do homosexuals need special hate crime legislation?" Well my friend it's because homosexuals are so hated.

In the Matthew Shepard case the defense was Shepard came "on" to the two guys...so they left him tied to a fence beaten to death. You would be surprised to find (or maybe you wouldn't) many people who believe that is justifiable.

Offline jimw

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2007, 10:01:08 AM »
Maybe I'm coming from a point of ignorance here, but why do homosexuals need special hate crimes legislation? ?

Why do we need hate crime legislation? Here is just a few examples:

Nicholas West was a native of Chile who had been adopted by
missionary parents who lived in Tyler, Texas. West was kidnapped, beaten, robbed and murdered because he was gay. The three men charged with his death bragged in their confessions to the police about killing him because he was gay.  The murder was first reported by the Texas Triangle, a gay weekly. It was picked up by the New York Times. Only after that did any Texas daily newspaper report on the crime.

Paul Broussard was beaten and stabbed to death in Houston on July 4, 1991, by 10 suburban youths.

Charlie Resendez was stomped to death two years ago in San Antonio. The killer left shoe prints on Resendez's face. The judge let him off on probation and I believe made the statement in court that if he had not been out cruising for homesexual sex it would not have happened (if I have this case wrong someone please correct me.)

That is why we need hate crime legislation!!!!

Offline fearless

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Re: Hate Crime Bill Named for Gay Victim
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 08:34:48 PM »
thanks for the clarification Hal and jimw.

man, some people in some of your states suck.
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