This fight has been longer than eleven years, but Matthew Shepard was most certainly a watershed in the fight for justice. There was no excuse for any delay in receiving equal protection but I’m thankful we are finally going to see a measure of equality at long last. Finally, this Wednesday, the Hate Crimes Bill will become law.
Eleven years after Matthew Shepard’s death, President Obama will sign the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill into law during a White House signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon, White House officials confirm.
The long-sought hate crimes provision is part of the fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill and will extend federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
I’m especially thankful for every advocate, activist and progressive legislators who pushed for this change in the law to send the message Hate Crimes will not be tolerated in American society against the LGBT community.