After years upon years (and years) of work, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act has finally been approved and is on its way to President Obama’s desk for his signature. Anderson Cooper discusses the passage of the act and its implications with Dan Savage and NYC activist Corey Johnson who feel that while significant, it’s a “largely symbolic” move that will give the Obama administration “cover” for future inaction on LGBT issues.
While I can read the writing on the wall as well as the next guy, and I definitely share many of the same concerns about how this will help to give cover for Obama to continue delaying and procrastinating on issues of equality for gay Americans; I am still quite pleased to see the Matthew Shepard Act finally passed. This will not silence us. Nor will it satiate our desire for action on issues of equality from the White House and Congress. The pressure will continue until the politicians make good on all their promises and we achieve full equality. (via JoeMyGod)