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Conservatives are freaking out over federal legislation to protect gay people from hate crimes

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"The 18-year-old high school senior from suburban Houston had been savagely assaulted in a 2006 hate crime, apparently targeted because he was Mexican-American, by two youths who tried to carve a swastika into his chest, burned him with cigarettes and kicked a plastic tube from a patio umbrella into his rectum, rupturing his internal organs.

But after 30 surgeries and months in the hospital, Ritcheson had healed enough to testify before Congress in favor of expanding the federal hate crimes law to cover more victims and make it easier for the Justice Department to investigate such cases.



Less than three months later, however, Ritcheson was dead. Still tormented by his ordeal, he committed suicide by jumping from a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico on July 1.

And the hate crimes law Ritcheson had pushed for has collided head-on with a controversy that had nothing to do with the teenager: the nation's bitter cultural fight over legal rights for homosexuals. The legislation, passed by the House and pending in the Senate, faces strong opposition from conservatives, some religious leaders and the White House"

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-hate_newaug13,1,2186019.story?ctrack=2&cset=true
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oh my god. That is a frightening story, made even more so by the fact that I'm a gay teen in houston.

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That is terrible. No one Gay or Straight should have anything as malicious as that happen to them. It is appalling that people are oppose to protecting everyone. As Louis Armstrong would sing "what a wonderful world."
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If your gay,they really would just prefer you shut up and stay in the closet.This is why I say "out" all these homophic closet Republicans and expose their hypocrisy once and for all!
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To be afraid
Of people whose eyes
Are oddly made,
Of people whose skin
Is a different shade.
You've got to be carefully taught."
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I forget how great that song is!
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I heard about this story a few weeks ago. It's completely disgusting and it breaks my heart.
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not all conservatives feel that this law is a bad idea---a hate crime is a hate crime, and punishment should be meted out accordingly.
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Tell that to the majority of the Republican party. They think all gays are less than equal.
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agreed romantico

If not all republicans (purposely not capitalized) feel this way, then they should start speaking up...otherwise...to hell with them all!