Saturday, October 24, 2009

Why do Enzi and Barrasso hate the troops AND equal rights for gays (and Obama)?

Matthew Shepard's parents Dennis and Judy with Pres. Barack Obama, a noted humanist

WyoDems' communications director Brianna Jones sends this release:

The Wyoming Democratic Party today expressed disappointment in Senator Mike Enzi and Senator John Barrasso for their votes against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Representative Cynthia Lummis also voted against the act when it passed the House. We had hoped that Rep Lummis vote was an anomaly.

"This is a monumental day for anyone who has lived in fear of being persecuted, and we are disappointed our members of Congress refused to help combat crimes based on hatred and fear," said Brianna Jones, communications director for the Wyoming Democratic Party.

The act, which was approved by the Senate in a vote of 68-29 on Thursday, incorporates sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability into existing federal law prohibiting crimes motivated by bias against citizens belonging to a minority. The legislation will now be sent to President Obama. President Obama has already signaled his support.

The Wyoming Democratic Party applauds longtime Wyoming residents and parents of Matthew Shepard, Dennis and Judy, for their tireless campaign to pass this legislation.

The act was attached to the defense bill. So Enzi and Barrasso had to vote against the troops and against gays, although they may have believed that there are way too many "don't ask don't tell" troopers in the armed services -- so their votes made sense. To them, anyway.

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1 comment:

bigfrank said...

Never mind all crimes should be punished. I mean a murder is worse when someone hates that person that just a murder right? Are not all crimes "hate crimes"? It would seem to me that there is some hate somewhere when you comment a crime.

Taking old party talking points as always. Enzi and Barrasso hate the troops... I would have to say both sides are using the Brave Men and Women serving in our armed service for their own needs. Why doesn’t Obama TRY to do at least one campaign promise and that is BRING HOME ALL the troops! But then again Obama’s teleprompter hast told him he won the election yet I guess and that is why he is still campaigning. Both sides watch and argue as our Brave Troops are sacrificed for their own whim.