Five years ago this past week, Welton was in the room with Judy Shepard and other advocates as President Obama signed the Mathew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Although this kind of legislation seems to always get politicized by those who find reasons to oppose it, we don’t see supporters hail such achievements in political campaigns. But that in no way lessens the importance of the steps we continue to take towards justice and liberty for all.

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