Here's the transcript:
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx:
"I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills,
No, Congresswoman. You're wrong.
The New York Times reported in 1998: "According to the local police and prosecutors, the two men lured Mr. Shepard out of a bar by saying they were gay. Then, the Laramie police say, the pair kidnapped Mr. Shepard, pistol-whipped him with a .357 Magnum, and left him tied to a ranch fence for 18 hours until a passing bicyclist spotted Mr. Shepard, who was unconscious."
Matthew Shepard died on October 12, 1998 Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was 21.
He wasn't killed in the commitment of a robbery. He died because he was gay.
You've really hat a lot of nerve to say something like this, Congresswoman Foxx. You need to apologize for the Shepard family your insensitive remarks about their son.
Arleen Specter made the right choice in leaving you freaks in the GOP.