AP — Lawmakers in Wyoming, where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago, again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law. The killing of the University of Wyoming student inspired those laws in other states and at the federal level. The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Pat Sweeney of Casper also would have provided for anti-bias training for law enforcement officers to help them identify and respond to hate crimes.
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Suspects Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with first-degree murder following Shepard's death. Significant media coverage was given to the murder and what role Shepard's sexual orientation played as a motive for the commission of the crime. The prosecutor argued that McKinney's murder of Shepard was premeditated and driven by greed. McKinney's defense counsel countered by arguing that he had intended only to rob Shepard but killed him in a rage when Shepard made a sexual advance toward him. McKinney's girlfriend told police that he had been motivated by anti-gay sentiment but later recanted her statement, saying that she had lied because she thought it would help him.
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When researching statistics about hate crimes against gays, it becomes immediately apparent that there are large holes missing in the data. This creates a disturbing issue within society today because many hate crimes involve intimidation and harassment. Think about the bullies you might have seen in high school and now take that to an adult level where lives are being threatened. Because of this, 3 out of every 4 potential hate incidents are never reported to a police official. What does this mean?
Now a different truth is emerging, but does it matter? Julie Bindel reports. T he horrific killing of Matthew Shepard in is widely seen as one of the worst anti-gay hate crimes in American history. They pistol whipped him with a gun then tied him to a fence in freezing conditions and set fire to him before leaving him to die. Politicians and celebrities pledged support and funding to combat anti-gay hate crime.