Sunday, October 18, 2009

Democrats That Voted With Republicans To Remove The Matthew Shepard Act

Democrats That Voted With Republicans To Remove The Matthew Shepard Act From The Defense Authorization Bill « Equality Across America:
"The Stonewall Democrats have identified the following twenty-two Democratic Members of Congress voted to remove the Matthew Shepard Act from the Defense Authorization bill:

1. Robert Berry (AR-1)
2. Dan Boren (OK-2)
3. Bobby Bright (AL-2)
4. Travis Childers (MS-1)
5. Artur Davis (AL-7)
6. Lincoln Davis (TN-4)
7. Joe Donnelly (IN-2)
8. Chet Edwards (TX-17)
9. Brad Ellsworth (IN-8)
10. Bart Gordon (TN-6)
11. Parker Griffith (AL-5)
12. Frank Kratovil (MD-1)
13. Jim Marshall (GA-8)
14. Mike McIntyre (NC-7)
15. Scott Murphy (NY-20)*
16. Collin Peterson (MN-7)
17. Mike Ross (AR-4)
18. Bobby Scott (VA-3)*
19. Heath Shuler (NC-11)
20. John Tanner (TN-8)
21. Gene Taylor (MS-4)
22. Harry Teague (NM-2)

Click on the link to go directly to govtrack to find additional information on this congressman.

The measure and vote referenced here, called a “motion to instruct” and offered up by House Republicans, would have instructed the conferees to remove the Matthew Shepard Act from the Defense Authorization bill. These twenty-two Democrats sided with the Republicans to remove the hate crimes provision, which would have effectively continued the decade-long gridlock over passage of the Matthew Shepard Act."

We need to find out why these Democrats--some from Maryland, Indiana, New York, Minnesota--are voting against Equality. Perhaps this is not a preexisting condition, but merely an opportunity for education. Can we count them in the movable middle, or are these lost causes whose primary opponents we ought to be working with and funding?

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