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Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Virginia FoxxGay rights groups pounced on a U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx Wednesday after she called the case behind a hate crimes bill "a hoax."

Foxx's comments came on the House floor during debate over the so-called Matthew Shepard bill, named for a 21-year-old gay man murdered in Wyoming in 1998. Supporters say he was the victim of a hate crime, Jim Morrill reports.

The bill would expand a federal hate crimes law to include acts motivated by sexual orientation.

"The Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed," said the Banner Elk Republican. "But we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. The bill was named for him … but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."

In a statement, Foxx later called her comments "a poor choice of words."

More after the jump.

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But the bill’s supporters wasted no time in criticizing her.

"It is no longer acceptable in this day and age to just come right out and say you don’t like gay people," said Brad Luna of the Human Rights Campaign. "Extremist opponents of equality must resort to these types of malicious and twisted lies. Rep. Foxx should be ashamed of herself."

Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia told a reporter called Foxx's comments "unreal, unbelievable."

"The law enforcement people and almost every reasonable person I know believes he was murdered because he was gay," he said.

Two men were convicted of killing Shepard after meeting him in a Laramie bar. Some witnesses testified that Shepard was targeted because he was gay. One of the men convicted tried to use the so-called "gay panic" defense, saying he acted uncontrollably after a homosexual advance.

Some news reports later speculated that Shepard's murder was prompted more by the perpetrators' drug use than by any anti-gay sentiment. Though the Laramie police chief has said he doesn't buy that, Foxx said such reports prompted her remarks.

"Referencing these media accounts may have been a mistake," she said in her statement. "But if so, it was a mistake based on what I believed were reliable accounts… Mr. Shepard's death was nothing less than a tragedy and those responsible … deserved the punishment they received."

But Matt Comer, an organizer with Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality, said the facts of the case are generally accepted.

"Now she is trying to go back rewrite history, dishonor the life of Matthew Shepard," he said. "We cannot forget about the hate that is involved in crimes like this."


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Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

I don't like having gay rights shoved down my throat...

Pause to snicker.

...and I have that right as an american to chose to be different!

Wow. That's so laced with irony, I'm just going to let that sink in.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Suddenly we can longer have free speech! If you don't like something some one else say or does you are phobic and hateful. Back off and let freedom ring! If you don't like gays then you should not have to just so you can be acceptable, that is why many young people use drugs, so they can be accepted! Since when can we as americans not have a viewpoint that offends someone?
Pandoras box has been opened with the gay-lesbian issue now those of you who chose to support it must allow events to run their course. There should be no law against a man having more than one wife or a woman more than onw husband, and then how about we stop prosecuting prostitution? Lets not stop there, lets lower the age of consent for sex to 14 (think britneys sister. I don't like having gay rights shoved down my throat and I have that right as an american to chose to be different!

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Everyone fails to point out that her comment was that naming the bill after this Shepard kid was a hoax, because the motivation behind his death was the fact that he was committing a ROBBERY.

Embarrassed yet?

Citizen Misinformed, your usefulness as a straw man is no longer even humorous for those of us that have evolved to breathe through our nose.

Please seek the help you need before embarrassing yourself further.

The Party you save may be your own.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Yuuup.

In statement, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says he is "disappointed" by Foxx's remarks, found them "to be inaccurate and insensitive."

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

hey, CitizenOpinionated.........post a link, or give us some proof about that....

show your work

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

liddy dole thought she was untouchable too.........she learned the hard way...

this state is BLUE now........get used to it.....

as bill maher has said, "america has found a new man, AND HE'S BLACK"

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Herd all of the rednecks, jesus freaks and morons into NC5 and Virginia Foxx will be the perfect representative. Don't forget that Richard Burr got his start among these weirdo extremists, as well.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

It is false that Matthew Shepard was killed as he tried to committ a robbery!!!! Citizen Opinionated there is NO support nor has there ever been for your assertion!!!!!

However, there is ample evidence, including the testimony of one of the people who killed him (while he was asserting the "gay panic" defense)that he was killed for being gay. No amount of your or Rep. Foxx's efforts to revise history can change that record. You should both be ashamed of yourselves.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Everyone fails to point out that her comment was that naming the bill after this Shepard kid was a hoax, because the motivation behind his death was the fact that he was committing a ROBBERY. He was not killed for being gay - it was later announced that he was gay.

Yall need to get a grip on reality...$35 Trillion was just spent last night - congrats another step toward....

How do the liberals feel after Obama's gaffe about waterboarding - well it might help save Americans, but we still aren't going to do it...GET A GRIP...

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

I'm in NC 5 as well, and outside of Boone/Blowing rock, the number of "Foxx hunters" is near negligible. Good luck, but don't hold your breath.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Look at that face and smile. She really could be a sweet woman deep down inside.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Some of us in NC 5 elected Steve Goss and carried Watauga for Obama. We look forward to going Foxx hunting and would welcome more Helms-like gaffes.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

While I tend to agree in general, this is not entirely accurate.

Haha, the Democrat Party should really pick its battles. They could throw every single dime they have in their coffers into NC's 5th, and Foxx would still win 60%.

The Democratic Party both nationally and on the state level left Coach Carter to swing in the wind, and Foxx only drew 58%.

Considering that was before she said this, money would make a huge difference in NC-05. But it's no sure thing like sending Burr home. That's still the smart money.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Haha, the Democrat Party should really pick its battles. They could throw every single dime they have in their coffers into NC's 5th, and Foxx would still win 60%. That district loves her for how brash and Helms-like she is.

Besides, Keith Olbermann, she doesn't represent the United States...she represents rural, mountainous North Carolina. Get over it.

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFAa5aet0CI&feature=player_embedded

Re: Foxx criticized for 'hoax' remarks

Foxx comments are am embarrassment to NC. How can a person representing this State be so ignorant or totally uninformed? Foxx should resign her position in the House of Representatives and go somewhere other than home to Banner Elk. They desire better than someone like her.

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