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Thread: Obama keeps his word on hate crimes bill

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    For this accomplishment, President Barack Obama sought maximum publicity.

    There was a bill signing at a wooden desk set up in the East Room of the White House, with the media invited, followed by a reception for joyous, champagne-sipping supporters and an address to them, again, from the East Room.

    Obama was keeping a campaign promise to gays and lesbians by putting his signature on a bill to include violence against gays in federal hate crimes law.

    Of several such commitments to gay and lesbian supporters, it's the first one he's kept. Other promises are either pending or stalled entirely, proving a source of continued dismay for gay and lesbian advocates who worked to help him get elected.

    As a candidate, Obama promised to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. He pledged to work to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits how states, local and federal bodies can recognize partnerships and determine benefits. He also promised to outlaw job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Nine months into his term, those promises are not close to being met.

    While clearly pleased by Wednesday's signing ceremony, which was attended by many members of Congress who came to witness the fruits of a decade of effort, Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said there is still a lot of work to be done.

    "We look forward to the days ahead when we will join together again to celebrate full equality and recognition of our community, including in employment, the military and in the full recognition of our families," Carey said.

    The expanded law now also covers crimes motivated by gender identity or disability.

    "No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love. No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are or because they live with a disability," Obama said,

    Obama's relationship with gay activists has been rocky since his election. They objected to the participation of evangelist Rev. Rick Warren in Obama's inauguration because of Warren's support for repealing gay marriage in California. Obama responded by having Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the denomination's first openly gay bishop, participate at another event.

    As president, Obama has not taken any concrete steps to urge Congress to overturn the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He restated the pledge this month in a speech at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group.

    Obama also pledged during the campaign to work for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. But administration lawyers did the opposite, defending the law in a court brief. White House aides said the lawyers were only doing their jobs by supporting an existing law.

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    I'm not really politicaly inclined but based off of my beliefs that everyone one is eqaul I hope that hate crimes are enforced with more emphasis on the nature of the crime, violence. Unfortunately there is no way to change that cycle unless the one that holds the behavior to make a change internaly. I believe its a state of mind that is learned. Just as its learned it must be unlearned, which takes effort. From my experience the majority of those inflicted with the self imposed " predudicial prison" can never experience true freedom. IMO racism is stupid and void of the ability to express ones self in a healthy manor. Being dumb is not knowing, being stupid is knowing but doing it anyways.

    Obama has his hands full to say the least. I think him addressing this issue within the first 9 months of office is a whole lot more than most before have done. First 9 months he Accomplished and addressed humane issues instead of rooting and tooting with guns ups in the air like Bush.

    I haven't been able to follow all thats been going on with Obama but when i did see anything it was in the peoples best interest. dunno....
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    So now if I beat down a gay man itís against federal law? What about a black man or a Jewish man, is that a federal crime too? I think we should treat everybody equally, no matter what their race, religion or sexual preference is, but bringing this into federal territory is setting a dangerous precedent.
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    It's already a federal hate crime to beat a black, mexican, asian, white or jewish guy out on the street provided that the attacker uses racial slurs durring the beat down. Not sure, but I don't think the murder of Mathew Sheppard was treated as a hate crime because the definition hadn't been made yet, I could be wrong though
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    Itís a shame about that Matthew Shepard guy, he seemed like a really smart dude.

    Ö He attended Natrona public schools including Crest Hill Elementary School and Dean Morgan Junior High School. He later attended Natrona County High School from his freshman to sophomore year, before transferring to The American School in Switzerland. After graduating from high school in 1995, he attended Catawba College and Casper College before he relocated to Denver. Shepard then became a first-year political science major at the University of Wyoming and was chosen as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental CouncilÖ
    Read some about the hate crime legislation that was passed in his name to honor him.
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