for the record

Did Your Senator Vote Yes on Matthew Shepard Act?

If your senator said yes to the hate crimes legislation attached to the Defense Department budget bill as an amendment, then he also said yes to adding the death penalty option for criminals convicted under the act. If he voted no, then he didn’t support any federal protections for gay and transgender folks — or maybe he just had a problem with a line item on the budget bill. That’s the problem with passing these things as amendments: There’s no clear answer what your legislator did or didn’t support. Either way, here’s the list.

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  • 7SK

    “Sen. Sessions (R) — No”

    Wait. Wait. So. This guy gets his amendments to the bill, but then doesn’t support it?

    I have no idea what is happening anymore :(

  • Hannah

    Neither of the TN senators voted. Assholes.

  • InExile

    Looks like all the Democrats were in support plus a few republicans. We need more legislation for them to vote on.

  • Quack

    Wait, did Queerty just link to an HRC website full of useful information? I thought this site’s position was that HRC was a pointless useless organization with no value whatsoever?

    Queerty: For trolls, by trolls.

  • terrwill

    Quack……..Thank you for admitting that you are a Troll!!!!

  • terrwill

    And isn’t it interesting that Miss Lindsey Grahmm didn’t vote???
    maybe she IS developing a conscience!!!!

  • DanM

    I can understand why Hannah is frustrated but I also find it kinda funny that both TN senators didn’t vote. So if anyone from TN starts complaining about the Matthew Shepard Act being passed, just point out that their senators (republicans too) decided the Act wasn’t important enough to their constituents to even vote on it.

    I noticed a lot of Republicans where missing in action on this vote. Also note that both Maine’s republican senators voted yes!

  • Jon

    Two of my Senators are She, so I can’t reply.

  • D-Sun

    Two for two. Nice.

  • TANK


    Except both of ’em republican, huh?

  • Jon

    Nope, both democrats, both Women. Washington State.

    My comment is about the main post in this thread. . .”he also said “. . . “he voted no”. . . “he didn’t support” . . .” he just had a problem” . . .

    I cannot be the only male on the planet that calls this out.

    Perhaps the term “they” would have worked.

  • Chitown Kev

    Yep, both of mine did. Even the bozo Burris.

  • Amygdala

    Only 2 Democrats who didn’t vote were Senators Byrd and Kennedy for obvious reasons.


  • hyhybt

    @Hannah: I wish my senators would use that tactic more often. They voted “no,” surprising exactly no one… but I can honestly say it won’t cost them my vote :)

  • Cynic or Realist?

    @terrwill: First of all, Lindsay Graham is a dude. Secondly, don’t get excited that this twit is developing a conscience. Many here in SC think Lindsay is a closeted homo. He doesn’t have the guts to come out. Lindsay is a good ole boy who plays everything to his own advantage. It wouldn’t be to his advantage in this conservative state to actually support this bill. But he probably has a few moneyed gay supporters in Charleston so he didn’t want to totally piss them off by voting no so he just didn’t vote at all.

  • Hannah

    @DanM: Both of them need to explain to this constituent why they couldn’t even vote on it. If they can get paid for not voting on bills, then so should I, and every other Tennessean voter.

    I wish I would’ve put that in the emails.

  • schlukitz


    I’m with you. I don’t know what the fuck is happening anymore either.

    All of our representatives seem to be totally fucked up and so full of bullshit anymore.

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