Obama Signs Hate Crime Bill

Posted on October 28, 2009 by

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By Jacqueline Onorato

On Wednesday, President Obama signed a $680 billion dollar defense budget bill into law that includes an expansion of the hate crime bill to include assault on an individual based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity a federal crime.

The bill was named for Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard who was beaten to death in October of 1988 and James Byrd Jr., a black man who was dragged to death in Texas that same year.

The bill is attached to a defense spending bill which contains the funds for the Pentagon for the 2010 fiscal year. It also targets and will attempt to eliminate wasteful spending and unnecessary programs in the defense budget.

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