Enzi, Barrasso Embarrass Wyoming in Vote Against Matthew Shepard Act
The following is a full press release from the Wyoming Democratic Party.
Casper, WY – The Wyoming Democratic Party today expressed disappointment in Senator Mike Enzi and Senator John Barrasso for their votes against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Representative Cynthia Lummis also voted against the act when it passed the House. We had hoped that Rep Lummis vote was an anomaly. This is a monumental day for anyone who has lived in fear of being persecuted, and we are disappointed our members of Congress refused to help combat crimes based on hatred and fear, said Brianna Jones, communications director for the Wyoming Democratic Party.
The act, which was approved by the Senate in a vote of 68-29 on Thursday, incorporates sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability into existing federal law prohibiting crimes motivated by bias against citizens belonging to a minority. The legislation will now be sent to President Obama. President Obama has already signaled his support.
The Wyoming Democratic Party applauds longtime Wyoming residents and parents of Matthew Shepard, Dennis and Judy, for their tireless campaign to pass this legislation.
Contact: Brianna Jones –
(307) 752-5288 (cell)