While doing some research about the AFA’s lies about the Matthew Shepard bill, I found that my friends at the Box Turtle Bulletin have done a phenomenal job of dismantling them one-by-one, especially the excremental claim that the bill would “cover 30 ‘sexual orientations.’”
I especially urge my conservative readers to go to the Box Turtle post to learn the truth. The writer even points out that the bill even references the 1990 Hate Crimes Statistics Act, which clearly defines “sexual orientation.” By the way, that definition only lists heterosexuality and homosexuality. Sorry, AFA. Your lies just won’t cut it.
Here’s an excerpt:
But what if Federal law hadn’t already defined sexual orientation and we had to fall back on the American Psychiatric Association’s definition? Well, it turns out that the APA’s official definition is not much different from the federal government’s. The APA’s official handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR, 2000) offers a very precise definition of how clinicians should describe a client’s sexual orientation… Click to read more!