Yesterday, Obama signed a bill making it a federal crime to assault a person based on their sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expands upon already present hate-crime laws that already protected people targeted due to their race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.
There are some lawmakers who just really get "it" and that makes me smile. Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA) gets "it." "It" is not about politics, "it" is about having a nation that is actually functional and cares about its citizens. Sounds hokey? Well, fuck, I guess I am.
If you heard this act's name on its own, no matter what your "family belief system" is based upon, you would agree with the message: Every Child Deserves a Family.