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November 1st, 2009
10:29 PM ET

Pres. Obama Expands Federal Hate Crime Law

Fredricka Whitfield talks to GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios about the new legislation signed by President Obama that expands the federal hate crime law.

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  1. dennis linville

    first let me say gays have the right to be gay. I suppose most people have differences in their sexual preferences but the difference i see here is most dont want to promote their way of thinking to our youth.
    no to hate crimes, i have a question? A student is gang raped by 10 or more people while many other emotionally dead stand around and watch. A little gir is snatched up,brutally murdered and thrown in the garbage. And ones we dont see, a person is beaten down because they dont want to be in a gang or speak up when someone is being abused. our elderly being abused while they are just trying to survive on the pitance the government allows them to have. these are just normal crimes?
    they say sex crimes are not about the sex it is about violence so these arent hate crimes? hate crimes, as I see it is the government forcing Americans to accept things they dont believe in.Hate is an emotion that may or may not inflict others. acting on that hate in a violent way is a crime.

    November 2, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The president can sign a million gay bills the matter of the fact remains as long as there's a Holy Bible that says that the gay life style is wrong theres always going to be a big proublem with the exceptence of a gay comunity.

    November 2, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  3. dennis linville

    Obama has signed legislation to make Americans accept a perversion. I know a lot of people are going to blast me for that because it is 2 consenting adults. ok, let us try this another way, lets say my wife and I (just for sake of argument of course) like to dress her up in a thong,dog collar and leash. Im sure you all will agree this is a perversion and has absolutely nothing to do with the reproductive systembut it is between 2 consenting adults. Now would i have the right to parade her around in public in front of your children showing them it is an acceptable behavior ? You will laugh then say of course not . even though it is 2 consenting adults it belongs behind closed doors. It is a perversion of a sexual nature.
    Im not saying gays dont have the right to practice their perversion. I may not agree with it but it is none of my business.But a law that allowsgays to promote their perversion in front of my grandchildren as an acceptable behavior, that is my business and a law stateing otherwise is unconstitutional and just plain wrong!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  4. pink770

    Regardless of the fact i believe the gay life is wrong, it does not give anyone the right to run gays down and murder them or attack them because of their lifestyle. Unless it's allowed to run down gossipers at the water cooler and killing them for their lifestyle of bearing false witness, it's not allowed to kill or persecute anyone for their beliefs, or their color.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:55 am |