10.28.09

Comment On The Signing Of The Matthew Shepard And James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act

“I join with the Shepards, the Byrds, Mrs. Kennedy and countless others in celebrating President Obama’s signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  More than a decade after Senator Kennedy began the effort to enact this legislation, we have finally acted to ensure that violence against members of any group because of who they are will not be tolerated.  It is one more step forward in protecting the civil rights of all Americans.  I am honored to have worked to enact this historic legislation.”

[Leahy led the effort in the Senate to include the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.  Leahy attended the White House ceremony Wednesday at which the bill was signed into law.]

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