Bill Clinton Backs Same-Sex Marriage

July 14, 2009

by Michael Tracey | The Nation

Former President Bill Clinton has come out in support of same-sex marriage.

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Action Alert: Act Now to Pass the Matthew Shepard Act

July 14, 2009

Tired of waiting for action? The time has come. The time is now.

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (bill number S.909) is coming to a vote this week.

We need you to contact each of your Senators today.

This hate crimes legislation is long overdue—it makes clear that crimes against LGBT people motivated by bias and prejudice are against federal law and will give the Department of Justice authority to prosecute these crimes. Since this bill covering both sexual orientation and gender identity was introduced in 2007, hate-motivated crimes against LGBT people have continued to rise—federal statistics continuously show that crimes motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity are the third highest recorded bias crime in the country.

In June, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Obama administration strongly supported the bill, stating, “The President and I seek swift passage of this legislation because hate crimes victimize not only individuals, but entire communities.”

Our opponents are flooding Capitol Hill with misleading phone calls and letters at a pace far beyond ours. For everyone who has been dispirited or disappointed by the pace of progress on LGBT issues in Washington, now is the time to pick up the phone and make our voices heard.

Please call now:

  1. Call the Senate Switchboard: 202.224.3121 and tell the operator you would like to speak to the Senator from your state.
  2. Tell the person who answers the phone that you are a constituent and are calling to urge the Senator to vote for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (bill number S.909).
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to reach your other Senator.

Please take five minutes to make these two calls and then forward this email onto your friends and family and have them do the same. Congress needs to hear from us that passing hate crimes legislation is absolutely crucial.

Dialing the switchboard now,