I called my Congressperson, the Hon. Eric Cantor, the other day to urge him to vote for HR 1913 (Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009). A pleasant-sounding young man promised to deliver my message.

The Hon. Eric Cantor
The Hon. Eric Cantor

Saturday, I received a reply by mail. Mr. Cantor thanked me, described the legislation, and assured me he would keep my views in mind “should this legislation come before in the House of Representives.”

The vote has not happened yet, so perhaps technically it is not before him. But the bill has been introduced before, many times, and according to news reports will be coming up for a vote soon.

Surely, Mr. Cantor has a view on the subject. I wish he would share it with me.

I will write to ask him to tell me how he votes, and remind him that I will keep his vote in mind should his name come before me at the next election.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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  1. I called Rep.Eric Cantor’s office, my member of the US House about the Matthew Shepard Act, according to the staff person answering the phone, they expect he will vote against it again, as he did in the last congress. No shock there! I reccomended that he reconsider his position on the Mathew Shepard Act. Considering his Jewish-American herritage, one might think he would be more sensitive to the harm hate can perpetuate amoung marginilized peoples. Clearly Mr. Cantor is not a student of history, choosing to continue a pattern of devaluation of minorities, and standing firm on the down trodden. Who then is the tyrant, and on whose thorney crown shall next he stand? Is the lust for political power, prestige, and influence, worth the price of ones constituants and soul?

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