Matthew Shephard’s rolling in his untimely grave. The House Democrats shucked hate crimes legislation from the defense authorization bill. From The Washington Blade:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)Thursday morning acquiesced to demands by House Democratic leaders to drop a gay and transgender inclusive hate crimes bill from the National Defense Authorization Act, a knowledgeable Capitol Hill source said.
The decision kills the hate crimes bill for this year, but House Democrats, led by gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), are calling on the Senate to pass a freestanding hate crimes bill as early as February.
Senate Democrats had hoped to pass the DOD authorization bill with the hate crimes measure in tact, saying it was the best strategy for discouraging President Bush from vetoing the hate crimes measure, which Bush opposes.
Particularly spineless Democrats apparently rallied against the measure because they felt they wouldn’t get the votes.
Rabble-rousing Lane Hudson calls “bullshit”, after the jump…
From The Bilerico Project:
There are a couple problems with this situation. First, it doesn’t even make sense. The House of Representatives was able to pass a fully-inclusive stand alone hate crimes bill this year. It defies logic to tell us now that they don’t have the votes now that it is attached to the Defense Authorization bill. If anything, it should make it significantly easier to pass.
This is shaping up to be a complete sell out of any campaign promises that Democrats made to the gay community. Repeatedly, officials within the Democratic Party promised hate crimes legislation and an Employment Non-Discrimination Act. If this report is true, then they are batting zero.
Hudson also takes a swipe at gay non-profits who haven’t used their many millions effectively. Gee, we wonder who he’s talking to…