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Support for Our Troops, Not Homosexual Groups

Defense bill exploited to grant special rights to homosexuals and transsexuals

Contact: Demi Bardsley, Concerned Women for America, 202-266-4820

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- The House of Representatives will vote today on the Department of Defense Authorization Bill, which funds our national defense and our troops in a time of war.  An unrelated provision was added to the bill that would federally criminalize certain thoughts.

The "hate crimes" provision would make "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" federally protected classes.  A person accused of "prejudice based on the actual or perceived ... sexual orientation" or "gender identity" of a victim would face more severe penalties than a person accused of murdering their grandmother.  This creates a class system of victims with preferences for those who choose to engage in unnatural sex acts.

Authoritative descriptions of "sexual orientation" have included criminal acts such as necrophilia and pedophilia.

"The Defense Authorization bill should fund our national defense.  Period.  This 'hate crimes' provision grants special rights to certain political groups and could give cover to criminal behavior.  This exploitation of a bill to fund our national defense shamelessly places homosexual groups' demands equal to or more important than our military," stated Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America.

"'Hate crime' laws unduly expand the federal government.  These crimes are already fully prosecuted by the states.  'Hate crime' laws allow prosecution for the same act twice, violating the Constitutional protection against Double Jeopardy.  It creates a class of 'special' preferred victims, denying equal protection to other victims.  It could cover every kind of sexual behavior, granting protected status even for pedophiles.  And homosexual activists admit the whole effort is a scam to raise money and political power," Wright noted.

"Mary Stachowicz was brutally raped, stabbed and strangled to death by a homosexual man. Yet under this provision, this grandmother would be treated as less of a victim than an adult homosexual man who accuses a grandmother of swatting him."

Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.