Friday, July 13, 2007

URGENT!! : Hate Crimes Attached to Vital Defense Bill!!


Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) have found another underhanded way to push their own agendas. Yesterday, they filed their hate crimes bill as an amendment (Amendment 2067) to the Department of Defense (DOD) Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 1585) currently under consideration on the Senate floor. In doing so, they blatantly promoted the homosexual agenda, which is completely unrelated to the bill's focus: national sovereignty and defense.

We have alerted you previously to the "hate crimes" situation in the House, which passed a nearly identical version of the legislation, H.R. 1592, by a vote of 237-180 on May 3. The Senate intended to take up its own bill but decided this sneak attack was a better option.

"Hate crimes" legislation is both unnecessary and unconstitutional. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "equal protection under the law" for all citizens - regardless of their sexual preference. Hate crimes laws fly in the face of this bedrock principle of fairness.


Call your Senators and urge them to vote against the Kennedy-Smith Amendment, Amendment 2067, to the Department of Defense Reauthorization Bill.

Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121

(Source: Legislative Department; Concerned Wonen for America)