RECENT  POSTS:  » NOM spends six figures on North Carolina's Hagan/Tillis US Senate race » Idaho wedding venue can be discriminatory so long as it sticks to new business model » Sunday in Houston: Activists mad that churches were noted for their politicization head to a church—to politicize » Lisa Kudrow thinks my website title is modest, at best » Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded mission of destruction? » MassResistance's hilarious fourteen-point plan for reinstating marriage discrimination: Get really, really nasty » Concerned Women For America finally learns to call out anti-gay rhetoric » 'Rivka Edelman' responds to me via one of the most bizarre comments I've ever read » Just going to another vendor isn't always easy, isn't good basis for sound policy » Pat Robertson: People who believe in fair nondiscrimination law are 'terrorists, radicals, and extremists'  

« Go back a post || Return to G-A-Y homepage || Haul tail to next post »

07/11/2007

Breaking: Chamber of Senate to consider crimes of bias

by Jeremy Hooper

We were tipped off yesterday that this might happen, but now we have gotten offical confirmation from HRC:

WASHINGTON — Today, Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore., filed the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act(S. 1105) as an amendment for consideration to the Department of Defense reauthorization currently being debated before the U.S. Senate. The bill, commonly referred to as the “hate crimes bill,” could receive a Senate vote as early as today.

Wow, so by tonight, the Senate could join their friends in the House and approve this truly righteous piece of legislation. Or, of course, they could succumb to the non-stop flawed rhetoric of the measure's vocal opponents and kill the measure. But let's not think about that possible historical misstep for now. For now, we need optimism.

Of course no matter how righteous the Senate vote (be it today or later), our fearless leader has already indicated that he will veto the legislation if and when it reaches his desk. Begging the question: At this point, do we really HAVE to send stuff to that man for approval? Once his support drops to around only 1/3 of the country, can't we invoke some sort of rule that removes 2/3 of his power? Can't we do like this writer's school system used to do with comically inept teachers and just make him teach remedial gym or something? This is a great nation -- we have to have some way to deal with 7 years of almost unbelievable lunacy!

Actually, come to think of it, Teddy: If you still have a pen on ya, maybe add something to the measure saying "SHHH, let's keep this away from you know who!!" At this point, we imagine even some Texas Republicans will be like, "Ooh, good idea!!!!"

SENATE FILES HATE CRIMES BILL FOR POTENTIAL VOTE TODAY [HRC]

**UPDATE: It looks like it won't be today, but possibly later this week. Stay tuned.

**Clarification: Of course with the legislation put forth via this vehicle, Bush is going to have a tougher time vetoing it.

space gay-comment gay-G-A-Y-post gay-email gay-writer-jeremy-hooper


Your thoughts

Is it a woman or a poodle?

Posted by: Franc | Jul 12, 2007 12:33:48 AM

comments powered by Disqus

G-A-Y Comments Policy


 
Related Posts with Thumbnails