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Republican Representative Virginia Foxx on Matthew Shepard and the Federal Hate Crimes Bill

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"The hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard Bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that the young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. The bill was named for him . . . but it’s really a hoax."

—Republican representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, on the approval by the House of Representatives Wednesday to include sexual orientation in the Federal Hate Crimes Bill. It's also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, for the University of Wyoming student who was tortured and murdered in Laramie, WY, in 1998 for being gay.


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