Matthew Shepard Act in Serious Jeopardy
Right now, the fate of the Matthew Shepard Act depends on you.
House and Senate leaders could decide in the coming days to detach the bill from a larger Department of Defense bill, where it currently resides. The move would almost certainly eliminate its chances of becoming law, setting back our progress by months or years. We likely have less than a week to convince them.
We've spent a decade fighting tooth and nail for a Federal hate crimes bill – we cannot let last-minute political challenges defeat us now. It's time to make a ruckus. Write your lawmakers today, then spread the word.
Then, sign this petition. It doesn't matter if you don't live in Montana. Representative Rehberg needs to hear from people all over the country. Let's send him a clear message: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." So far, he's been silent on this very important matter, and we need his support to finally pass comprehensive, inclusive, hate crimes legislation in Montana.