It is appropriate that during this time the U.S. Senate will address ways in which all communities can flourish in America. In light of the recent and horrific hate violence, it is in solidarity that I welcome the U.S. Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism.
Today, President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, critical legislation that strengthens existing U.S. laws by extending federal hate crime protection.
What the right wing is confronting when it comes to many LGBT rights issues is the power of democracy. Elected officials are beginning to vote in ways that reflect the views of the majority of citizens on these matters.
If Congress wants to prevent violent hate crimes, they should pass legislation allowing men and women to carry a concealed weapon outside their home state: the truth is, law-abiding gun use saves lives.