Yesterday (October 12th) marked 10 years since the tragic death of Matthew Shepard, who died six days after being beaten and tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday. Could there be any doubt that a Barrack Obama presidency would give hope for greater legal protections.
“ [ W ] e pause to remember the heartbreaking and senseless murder of Matthew Shepard. A freshman at the University of Wyoming, Matthew was a young man committed to fighting for equality and changing the world around him. He was tragically taken from us far too early, an innocent victim of an abhorrent hate crime, and never had the chance to see his dreams realized.
“In the ten years since Matthew’s passing, Congress has repeatedly and unacceptably failed to enact a federal hate crimes law that would protect all LGBT Americans. That’s not just a failure to honor Matthew’s memory; it’s a failure to deliver justice for all who have been victimized by hate crimes, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. All Americans deserve to live their lives free of fear, and as Americans, it is our moral obligation to stand up against bigotry and strive for equality for all.
“Today, Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Matthew’s parents, Judy and Dennis, and to all whose lives have been touched by unconscionable violence.”
I’m sure you’re looking forward to tonight’s Vice Presidential debate between Senator Joe Bide and umm, you know, maverick Sarah Palin, the pit bull with lipstick. I haven’t been this excited for a television event since Michael Jackson premiered Black and White on Fox one night in the 90s.