KENNEDY ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION
Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passage of the Matthew Shepard hate crimes legislation.
"I commend the House for its action on hate crimes, and for rejecting the Administration's misguided attempt to block this legislation. No members of society - none - deserve to be victims of a violent crime because of their race, their religion, their ethnic background, their disability, their gender, their gender identity or their sexual orientation. It's long past time for Congress to do more to prevent hate crimes and insist that they be fully prosecuted when they occur. The Senate bill we've introduced is supported by a broad coalition of over 210 law enforcement, civic, religious and civil rights groups. I look forward to quick action and to enactment of this important legislation."