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07/21/2009

We'll jump all the 'hate' hurdles, b/c being jumped out of hate hurts us.

by Jeremy Hooper

Conservatives like Focus on the Family's Ashley Horne are continuing to hem and haw about LGBT-inclusive hate crimes Picture 31-19protections, acting as if it equal justice under the law that they are seeking to protect, when everyone knows it's really the perception that sexual orientation is not an innate characteristic that they're really hoping to foster. But go ahead and let them moan in their reliably disingenuous tone. Because it's looking ever-more likely that this will be the year when, at long last, need-based reality will triumph over biased-based fallacy in order to get the Matthew Shepard Act signed into law:

The Levin-McCain amendment to strip F-22 funding from the Department of Defense authorization passed Tuesday by a 58-40 vote, removing a major hurdle to President Barack Obama signing into law the DOD bill that includes the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Senate Strips F-22 Funding [Advocate]

Now, in addition to this now-cleared funding hurdle, there are a couple of unneeded amendments that were adopted in the Senate. But the hope is that these will be removed in conference committee, getting the language back to the better, more practical, seemingly more likely to be signed House version of the measure. Then of course the ultimate hope is that President Obama will sign the durn thing so that we can scratch one set of the far-right's fallacies off our list of misconstructions that we must counter in order to get past the cruel stain of anti-gay discrimination that has plagued this nation for far too long already.

Keep those fingers crossed, kiddos.

**UPDATE: Chris Geidner has a run-down of what's left to accomplish before we win this one: Hate Crimes: Where Are We? [Law Dork]

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Its annoying now, but think of about a year after its passed and not one of the things they lied about have happened. They'll be pretending they never once lied about this while you'll have what must be a library by now of quotes from them doing exactly that.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Jul 21, 2009 4:12:58 PM

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