Friday, February 1, 2008

Victory~ Hate Crimes dies in the House!

On Tuesday night, HB 1076, the Hate Crimes bill authored by Representative Greg Porter died in the House! Thanks to two pro-life amendments from Representative Jackie Walorski, and Representative Jeff Thompson. Because of these amendments, Representative Porter was afraid to call them down for consideration.
The Associated press wrote the following; "Porter said he objected to an amendment filed by Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Lakeville, that would add viable fetuses to groups covered under the legislation. He said he also objected to an amendment by Rep. Jeffrey Thompson, R-Lizton, that would have removed sexual orientation from the bill.
Porter said Walorski's amendment was simply an anti-abortion measure, and removing sexual orientation would make the bill less inclusive by removing gays and lesbians from groups covered by the bill.
Walorski said her amendment was a "pro life" measure, and said viable fetuses were worthy of being added to the bill. She also said when she and her fellow Republicans were in the majority, she never decided against calling a bill down because she was afraid of proposed amendments.
She said Porter was in charge of the bill, so he was killing it by not calling it down for consideration.
Thompson said he was against hate crimes legislation in general because crimes were based on thought and should be treated equally. He also said he believed that homosexuality was largely a lifestyle of choice and was harmful.

We are so thankful for these two courageous Legislators for filing these amendments that turned out to be the death of this dangerous bill. We will still remain vigilant. Although it is dead in the House, there are still measures that can be taken to revive this bill. We will alert you at the first sign of this. Thank you for taking time to act and make your voice heard!

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
(Edmund Burke)

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