Thursday, October 22, 2009

Matthew Shepard Act

From the NYT :
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to extend new federal protections to people who are victimized because of their gender or sexual orientation, bringing the legislation close to reality after years of fierce debate . ( read more )

In a vote of 68-29, with some very surprising yes votes, here again from the New York Times is a wonderful MAP. The President has already said he would proudly sign it.

I am not a massive fan of the thought crime, but I do support this bill as a crack in the marble ceiling of Washington DC, when it comes to GLBT people. The crazed homo haters were exploding over this little bill that could. They spewed their usual bat shit crazy non facts over this , but to no avail. The first of the many promises that candidate Obama made.
It is a win.

Also from today in gay, well, yesterday , really.

The Obama administration released three major LGBT rights advances this afternoon. None are as sexy as repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act, but - make no mistake - they are part of the foundation for full equality.

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it was clarifying the definition of "family" to explicitly include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in regulatory and policy changes pertaining to housing and home ownership.
  • HUD also announced it would immediately begin the "first-ever national study of discrimination against members of the LGBT community in the rental and sale of housing."
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would create a national resource center to assist LGBT elders.
This COULD turn out to be a big deal.
That word FAMILY applied to gays and lesbians is a brand new Federal Policy, and could
long reaching applications. Again , a win....

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