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12/06/2007

'Blade': Hate crimes officially bashed

by Jeremy Hooper

This from the Washington Blade:

Capitol Hill sources are telling the Blade that the hate crimes measure has been stripped from the National Defense Authorization Act. The House passed a freestanding hate crimes bill in May, but lawmakers in the Senate, led by Sen. Edward Kennedy, attached it to the spending bill as part of a strategy to avoid a presidential veto.

An official announcement is expected within the hour. Check back for more details as the story develops.

Please excuse this writer while he goes and re-registers an an Independent.

Senate leaders nix hate crimes measure [Wash Blade]
**Complete Hate Crimes Legislation Archive [G-A-Y]

**UPDATE: HRC's issued a statement:

Hate Crimes Amendment Removed from Dept of Defense Conference Report [HRC]

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Steeriiike two!

Transgendered rights and EVERTHING of value was stripped from the Democrats version of ENDA and then the bones were picked clean by Republicans amendments.

Their version of ENDA won’t fly in the courts. It was Frank, Pelosi and the Democrats who abandoned everyone in the LGBT equation to the tender mercies of bosses and managers who practically mint money underpaying us and discriminating against us in hiring and firing.

It’s true that Frank’s obvious contempt for emboldened a few bigots in our ranks but the fight was never between GLB’s and T’s, it’s always been between all of us and the Democrats. So first we lost ENDA and now we’ve lost the hate crimes bill. Both are desperately needed and now.

We should form local and regional campaign committees to demand their passage (with ENDA in its original, workable form). People are getting fired and underpaid everyday. People are getting harassed and abused every day and each year 20 or more of us get lynched and thousands are beaten. That obviously is not a problem for the Congress, so we’ll have to make it a problem for them.

With Democrats like these who needs Republicans. A Republican is a baboon in a people suit with a totalitarian christian attached at the hip and a Democrat is a Republican in drag. It’s not surprising that a brand new poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that “Only 30% of young people believe that the two major parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, with 37% saying a third party is needed.“

Democrats are people suffering from spousal abuse who refuse to get help.


Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Dec 6, 2007 3:23:30 PM

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