Texas congressman: Hate crimes act holds soldiers hostage to attack on American morals

Posted on 07 Oct 2009 at 9:43am

Yesterday I made mention of that new LGBT group in East Texas, the Tyler Area Gays. So how fitting it is that today we have some overwhelming evidence that the TAG Project is critically needed. Here’s video of Republican U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, who represents Tyler and Longview, arguing on the House floor yesterday against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which is currently attached to a defense spending bill. Among other things, Gohmert states that including the Shepard Act in the defense bill is “holding soldiers hostage to this sociological attack on what used to be the morals of America.” A majority in the House disagreed with Gohmert, voting against removing the Shepard Act from the bill last night. You can watch responses to Gohmert by openly gay Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin by going here.

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