SENATE TO VOTE SHORTLY ON MATTHEW SHEPARD ACT:
Call Your US Senators Today in Support of the Bill.
Senate Files Hate Crimes Bill for Potential Vote Today
‘Matthew Shepard Act’ Submitted as Amendment to Defense Reauthorization; Over 1,300 Clergy Sign on to Letter of Support
WASHINGTON – This morning, Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) 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. The virtually identical House version of the bill passed overwhelmingly on May 3rd, 2007 with a bipartisan vote of 237 to 180—with more than 20 Republicans voting in support of the bill.
Anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family—founded by James Dobson—have mobilized a dangerously misinformed grassroots army. If we don’t call right now, critical votes could be lost to these scare tactics being employed by the radical right.
CALL SENATORS ALEXANDER AND CORKER RIGHT NOW: Let them know you support the Matthew Shepard Act
Below is the message we would like you to tell both your Senators—You will almost certainly speak to a member of the Senator’s staff, not the Senators
As a Tennessee voter I want you to know that I strongly support Passage of the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 1105).This bill does NOT threaten the free speech of ministers or Churches or weaken the Constitution. This bill would only apply to violent attacks based on the victim’s gender, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. It would also provide funding to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute violent hate crimes. This legislation has been endorsed by over 230 civic, religious, and law enforcement organizations. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my support for the Matthew Shepard Act.
You can call Senator Lamar Alexander at (202) 224-4944 and Senator Bob Corker at (202) 224-3344.
The radical right knows the Matthew Shepard Act is a real step toward tolerance in America. They find that so infuriating, they’ll stop at nothing to bring it down—even if it means calling lawmakers to spread anger fueled by lies.
We cannot allow our Senators to be intimidated, misled, or swayed by an extremist minority. Thank you for making your calls, and thank you for being a voice of reason today.
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