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WASHINGTON – Trumpeting a victory against careless spending, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a defense bill that kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts. In a major civil rights change, the law also makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation.... The measure expands current hate crimes law to include violence based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.... A priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., that had been on the congressional agenda for a decade, the measure is named for Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student murdered 11 years ago.

I'd talk, but I'm crying.

Date: 2009-10-29 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pomr.livejournal.com
I remember reading about the Shepard murder. It was hideous. :(

Very fitting to name the law for him, great job Obama!

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