Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Indiana Equality calls for support to enact hate crimes legislation

An extremely important piece of legislation nicknamed "The Matthew Shepard Act" is currently under debate in Congress that would expand hate-crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Indiana Equality has asked for your help in enacting it.

This bill, and recognizing that crimes against GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans) people based on their real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation are hate crimes, is sorely needed.

If you don’t need much more convincing on this matter please take the time to help out by making sure your representatives and senators understand how important this legislation is. For more information on how to help visit the Indiana Equality blog as well as the Human Rights Campaign's dedicated pages.

If you're unsure or need some convincing, see me make the case for this legislation over at Boilercrat.

The bill just passed in the house 249-175! However, I was greatly disappointed to see that Brad Ellsworth, and Lefty's congressman Joe Donnelly voted against it.


ShamRockNRoll said...

I've gone back and forth on my views regarding hate crimes legislation for some time. If we're going to have hate crimes legislation, the GLBT community should most definitely be a part of it. But I have philosophical issues concerning legislating thought. That said, I've been leaning towards coming fully on board with this for some time now.

I'll take a look at your post on Boilercrat...

Anonymous said...

The correct terminology by the community is now LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questionin/Queer)... but I doubt that the legislation will reflect that.