URGENT ACTION ALERT! Matthew Shepard Act in Danger

Jul 14th, 2009 | By | Category: National, News, Top Story

The US Senate is set to vote on the Matthew Shepard Act THIS WEEK and according to the Human Rights Commission WE NEED TO CALL OUR SENATORS NOW!

The Matthew Shepard Act (S. 909) is in danger from right wing extremists who are flooding senators with letters and phone calls. Focus on the Family’s James Dobson has been referring to this important hate crime legislation as the “Pedophile Protection Act” and “And Utter evil.” This is what the American Family Association says on their website about the Hate Crimes Legislation, along with an inflammatory scary music video action alert.”

Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophiles.

“Punishing wrong beliefs about homosexuality is its sole purpose”

“If a mother hears that their child has been raped, and she slaps the assailant with her purse, she is now gone after as a hate criminal because this is a protected class,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

HRC: It takes about 45 seconds to call each one of your senators – and each one of them needs to hear from you today. It’s just as important for supportive senators to hear from us – they’ve promised to pass this bill, and they need to know we’re counting on them to keep fighting.

So set yourself a reminder on your computer. Make the call on your way to lunch. Or stop reading this and do it right now. Whatever you do, make sure to CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY.

If you’ve never called Congress, let me assure you, it’s incredibly easy.

1. Before 5 p.m. ET, call your senators at 202-224-3121.
2. Most likely, one of your senator’s interns will answer and ask where you’re calling from and why. You’re calling to urge the Senator to vote for the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 909). Most calls end right there. But if you like, you can add:

o Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are on the rise.
o One out of every six hate crimes is because of the victim’s sexual orientation.
o Hate crimes have more than one victim. They are intended to create an atmosphere of fear and terrorize entire communities.

3. IMPORTANT: After you hang up, click here to let HRC know that you made the call. Don’t skip this step! It helps HRC track our progress.

We have the truth on our side – and we need you to speak the truth today to counter our opponents’ outrageous lies. Please make your phone calls right now.

PrideDEPOT.com stands with HRC in calling for all LGBT persons and Allies to CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!” We deserve protection from hate NOW!



PrideDEPOT.com editor, independent journalist & LGBT media spokesperson,
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines

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  1. I live in the UK or I would have done all you suggested :)

  2. I just called my senator. Do it! It’s easy. Let’s get this bill passed!