Matthew Shepard Act passes in the Senate!
I’m crazy busy tonight, but I just had to take a second to tell everyone that the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard Act, which once signed will extend federal hate crimes protection to LGBT people! Obama has pledged to sign it.
The Senate passed groundbreaking legislation Thursday that would make it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
The expanded federal hate crimes law now goes to President Obama’s desk. Obama has pledged to sign the measure, which was added to a $680 billion defense authorization bill.