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Judy Shepard On Prop 8 Decision

Jim Burroway

August 4th, 2010

I’m working on a round-up of reactions to today’s wonderful news that a Federal Court judge has found California’s Prop 8 unconstitutional. There are literally hundreds of statements flowing in, but this one was the most poignant. It’s from Judy Shepard, the mother of 1998 Wyoming anti-gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard:

“These plaintiffs are law-abiding, family-oriented, tax-paying citizens whose privacy was invaded, and whose dignity was affronted, by a misguided and unconstitutional law,” Shepard continued.
“Their victory at trial shows that our courts still play a vital role in safeguarding the rights of minorities from majorities who misunderstand them. But more importantly, it proves the power of personal stories. Equal marriage rights are ultimately about people’s families, and during the trial, their personal need for legal recognition of their relationships came through loud and clear,” she added.
“After Matt came out to me, he once asked me if I thought gay couples would ever be allowed to get married,” Shepard recalled. “I told him I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime, but it probably would in his. It’s so sad, and ironic, that it turned out the other way. But this case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true.”

Judy serves on the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group which filed the legal challenge to the ban in May on behalf of citizens denied marriages Prop 8.

Matthew Shepard’s Mother Responds To Rep. Foxx

Jim Burroway

May 1st, 2009

Judy Shepard isn’t taking this lying down.

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Judy Shepard’s Speach in Houston: We Need to Change Hearts and Minds

Jim Burroway

April 17th, 2008

It’s been ten years since her son, Matthew Shepard, was brutally murdered. And the violence still continues. She lost a son and we gained one fierce, protective mom.

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