Monday, October 26, 2009

Lugar is Only Indiana Congressional Republican to Support Hate Crimes Legislation


When the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed on the back of a Defense bill in Congress on Thursday, only one Indiana Republican voted for the bill. That Republican was again, the brave Richard Lugar.

Lugar broke with all four Indiana House members and voted for the measure. This is a change in position for Lugar who had previously been against adding sexual orientation and other groups to hate crimes legislation.

If you get a chance, drop Senator Lugar a line thanking him for supporting this important legislation.

Senator Richard Lugar
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1401
(202) 224-4814 PHONE
(202) 228-0360 FAX

Or by sending him an e-mail via this form.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lugar was not the only Republican to vote for the bill. Sen.Evan Bayh was also a co-sponsor.

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, Bayh was a Democrat. What, did I miss something. Please tell me he didn't do the "Specter Shuffle" over to the Republican side.

Jon E. Easter said...

I believe that the comment was to reflect his status as a "Blue Dog" Democrat who straddle the line closely between Republican and Democrat.