The Matthew Shepard Act has been passed by both the House and the Senate. In case you are not familiar with this it is:
"The measure would give the federal government more leeway to investigate and prosecute hate crimes and increase federal jurisdiction on such crimes. More important, it would expand the groups protected under current law to include such categories as disability, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. " - ABC News (http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3659768&page=1)
It is amazing that this is moving forward. FINALLY, some federal protection from rape, beatings, and murder because of my orientation. It is strangely comforting to know that if the worst does happen to me that something would be done about it instead of it dissappearing in the haze of some backward town's sheriff department.
The president has vowed to veto this act. Go fucking figure. Wonder what lord Cheney thinks about that? Course he wouldn't need to give a flying shit about it cause he can always afford to hire protection for his little angel or pull strings to make sure she doesn't get fired.
Unlike the rest of us.
I do have something for those who voted against protecting MY freedom. (Hat tip to Ru for sending me this a while ago.)