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Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Act

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, is an U.S. Act of Congress, passed on October 22, 2009, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 28, 2009, as a rider to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 (H.R. 2647). Conceived as a response to the murders of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., the measure expands the 1969 United States federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ – The life and legacy of a young gay man

Sunday, September 22, 2013
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On this 15th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, filmmaker Michele Josue -- a high school classmate and close friend of Matthew's -- brings to the screen the story of the life, death, and lasting legacy of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man with aspirations to one day change [...]

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Four sentenced to prison in kidnapping, attack on gay man in Ky.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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LONDON, Ky. — Four people from eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the kidnapping and attack of a gay man. [...]

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Prisoner gets 6 more years for hate crime attack on inmate he thought was gay

Sunday, March 17, 2013
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DALLAS — A member of the Aryan Brotherhood will serve an extended prison sentence after admitting he committed a federal hate crime by severely beating another inmate he believed to be gay. [...]

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Jury in Kentucky begins deliberations in federal hate crime case

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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Jurors began deliberations Wednesday in the case of two men charged in a federal hate crimes case Wednesday, the first in the nation under a section of the federal hate crimes law that makes it illegal to attack someone based on the victim's real or perceived sexual orientation. [...]

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Federal trial begins in Kentucky hate crime beating of gay man

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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LONDON, Ky. -- The federal trial of two men charged in an anti-gay hate crime in Harlan County, Ky., got underway in U.S. District Court Wednesday, the first federal application of the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act for charges relating to the victim's sexual orientation. [...]

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Michigan man pleads guilty to federal hate crime in anti-gay bias attack

Friday, August 31, 2012
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DETROIT -- A Michigan man pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges on Wednesday, admitting that he assaulted a victim because he believed the man was gay, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice. [...]

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Federal appeals court: Hate Crimes Act does not prohibit anti-gay speech

Thursday, August 2, 2012
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit brought by three Michigan pastors challenging the constitutionality of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. [...]

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Two Kentucky women plead guilty in hate crime against gay man

Saturday, April 14, 2012
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The two Kentucky women connected to the beating of an openly gay Kentucky man have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a kidnapping and hate crime assault, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. [...]

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Kentucky men indicted under Matthew Shepard federal hate crime law

Thursday, April 12, 2012
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A federal grand jury in London, Ky. on Thursday indicted two men in the first federal application of the Matthew Shepard-James C. Bryd hate crimes law since it was signed into law in October of 2009, according to an announcement by Kerry B. Harvey, the U.S. Attorney [...]

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Obama addresses annual HRC dinner; calls for repeal of DOMA, rebukes GOP candidates (Video)

Saturday, October 1, 2011
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President Barack Obama on Saturday evening delivered the keynote address a gathering of more than 3,000 LGBT rights advocates at the Human Rights Campaign's 15th Annual HRC National Dinner, and called for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and issued a sharp rebuke to GOP presidential hopefuls for not [...]

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