What can we say about the inspiring Judy Shepard that hasn’t been said? The woman really was the moral force behind the hate crimes bill. She issued this statement today:
“Dennis and I are extremely proud of the Senate for once again passing this historic measure of protection for victims of these brutal crimes,” said Judy Shepard, president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Board. “Knowing that the president will sign it, unlike his predecessor, has made all the hard work this year to pass it worthwhile. Hate crimes continue to affect far too many Americans who are simply trying to live their lives honestly, and they need to know that their government will protect them from violence, and provide appropriate justice for victims and their families.”
I’d only say that most Americans are extremely proud of Dennis and Judy Shepard.