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10/22/2009

On this troubled road, our heads can't be down

by Jeremy Hooper

Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on the Senate floor, speaking about hate crimes legislation, 11:43 AM:

"We should not head down this road"

An average LGBT couple, approaching certain avenues in an America where anti-gay bias is still a major problem, anytime of day in any state of the nation:

"We should not head down this road."

Please, U.S. Senate: Head down this reasoned, principled road! So that maybe someday we'll come to a place where LGBT people can tread down any road with less fear.

**UPDATE:

Senate Achieves Cloture on DoD Conference Report Including Hate Crimes Provision [HRC]

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today achieved cloture on the Department of Defense Authorization Conference Report of which the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a part by a vote of 64 to 35. The Senate will now proceed with debate on the Conference Report followed by a vote on final passage. Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

“While there is strong support for the hate crimes provision, today’s cloture vote in the Senate demonstrates that those in the civil rights community need to remain ever vigilant. While the Senate achieved cloture, it is clear that the opposition remains strong. We look forward to final passage when the critical hate crimes legislation will be on its way to the President’s desk.”

**UPDATE 2: The odd calm of awesome wins [G-A-Y]

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