That's pretty much the situation since the Senate voted yesterday to include attacks on gays and lesbians under the federal definition of hate crimes, because you'll never guess how the Democrats pulled it off: they weaseled their precious "Matthew Shepard Act" into a defense spending bill. What is a Republican supposed to do at that point? Must… stop… homosexual agenda. Must… also… support… troops. Agh. Agghrhrrhh. Gghhhhrr. (The final vote was 68-29.)
Let's see, there's got to be a press release from Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Yep, here it is:
"In a slap to the face of our servicemen and women, they attached 'hate crimes' legislation to the final defense bill, forcing Congress to choose between expanding hate crimes or making our military go without. This hate crimes provision is part of a radical social agenda that could ultimately silence Christians [...blah blah, etc...]."
Funny thing about this hate crimes legislation, actually, there is this one part of it I hadn't noticed before…
It also would make it a federal crime to attack U.S. military personnel because of their service.
Whoa! So why are Tony and his conservative allies demanding President Obama's veto? If I read this right, by slapping our servicemen and women in the face with this legislation, the U.S. Senate has just convicted itself of a hate crime. Dudes, let it pass and let the awesome lawsuits begin!
Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Family Research Council, LGBT, Senate, Tony Perkins