First, the NH Senate passed gay marriage bill! Even with former Gov. Sununu making heterosexual remarks the gay marriage bill as the state GOP chair, it passed!
Second, the hate crime bill including sexual discrimination passed in the House of Representatives (Federal) today. I understand that Ms. Virginia Foxx of NC, a Representative (R) called Matthew Shepherd's death not a hate crime but a hoax, and that Rep. Heath Shuler (D) also from NC did not vote for it, it passed. Apparently, it is time to call/write and do our bit as a constituent. This case, it would be to protest their comments and vote.
This is a snippet of Foxx's comments:
The socially conservative Foxx, arguing against a new Democratic hate crimes bill that includes new protections for gays and lesbians, described the description of Shepard's murder as a anti-homosexual attack a "hoax" -- and questioned whether prior bias crime legislation should have been named after him.
“I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay."
She added: "This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.What is Virginia thinking? I know what she is reading...
Something's happening...who knows...