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From: The Human Rights Campaign

In a hard-won victory, hate crimes legislation has passed the House of Representatives. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate - where the radical right, terrified of this legislation, has stepped up their attacks. It is essential that the Senate passes this bill with a broad enough majority to discourage a presidential veto. Tell your Senators to support the Matthew Shepard Act.

Letter to
Senator Gordon Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
As your constituent, and as a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, I am deeply concerned about hate crimes, and I am writing to ask that you continue to represent the interests of your state by supporting the Matthew Shepard Act.

Americans overwhelmingly approve of legislation to prevent hate violence. In fact, three in four (or 73%) support expanding hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and giving local law enforcement the tools and resources they need to investigate and prosecute these tragic acts of bigotry.

I am confident that you will champion the will of voters in your community and the majority of Americans, and bring our federal hate crime laws into the 21st Century, by ensuring that all of our citizens are protected against senseless hate violence.

While a random act of violence against any individual is always a tragic event, we know that violent crimes based on prejudice are meant to terrorize an entire community.

As Americans, we must defend our neighbors from becoming victims of bias-motivated violence. Thank you for helping ensure passage of this very important legislation.