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The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act

This amendment, attached to a defense spending bill which was guaranteed to pass, extended the definition of a hate crime to cover crimes against LGBT people. The people who opposed this somehow believed that the bill would prevent people from having the religious freedom to oppose homosexuality. If the only way you can express your opposition to something is by acting in such a way that would be otherwise classified as a hate crime, your argument is invalid and you’re a fucking toolbox that needs to be slaughtered, but that’s just my passionate support for equal rights speaking.

This is the list of people who voted against the bill. Democrat Russ Feingold said he voted against the bill because he opposed the spending bill as a whole for what it would mean for extending the time in Afghanistan. Noble idea, but given the bill was guaranteed to pass it seems that this was a wasted opportunity to do something positive when something you disagree with was resigned to happen. All of these people’s names should be published and I encourage you to re-post this list.

Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Bennett (R-Utah)
Brownback (R-Kan.)
Bunning (R-Ky.)
Burr (R-N.C.)
Chambliss (R-Ga.)
Coburn (R-Okla.)
Cochran (R-Miss.)
Corker (R-Tenn.)
Crapo (R-Idaho)
DeMint (R-S.C.)
Enzi (R-Wyo.)
Feingold (D-Wis.)
Graham (R-S.C.)
Grassley (R-Iowa)
Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Isakson (R-Ga.)
Johanns (R-Neb.)
Kyl (R-Ariz.)
LeMieux (R-Fla.)
McConnell (R-Ky.)
Risch (R-Idaho)
Roberts (R-Kan.)
Sessions (R-Ala.)
Shelby (R-Ala.)
Thune (R-S.D.)
Vitter (R-La.)
Wicker (R-Miss.)

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00327#position

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