Representative Heath Shuler of North Carolina counts as one of the fourteen Democrats who voted against H.R. 1592- more casually known Hate Crime Bill. So why did Shuler (pictured, looking a bit goofy) vote against a law to help protect homos from violent crimes? Shuler’s words:
We shouldn’t be classifying people. We should treat everyone equally. The thing we should be working on is training and educating people to prevent (hate crimes).
It’s not like you can force teachers the country over to teach their kids it ain’t fresh to pick on the fag. Our lawmakers’ decision to pass the bill last week will teach far more lessons – both judicial and symbolic.
Shuler bucks party, votes against hate crimes bill [Citizen-Times]