American Freedom Law Center files brief in support of its petition for U.S. Supreme Court review of federal “Hate Crimes” law
Please keep AFA-Michigan’s work in your prayers…
Today, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a reply brief in the U.S. Supreme Court…which asks the high court to review an appellate court decision which held that several Michigan pastors and a family values advocate lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of the controversial federal â€œMatthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.â€ …The Supreme Court Justices are scheduled to hold a conference on March 15, 2013, to determine whether to grant the petition.Â
The â€œHate Crimes Act,â€ which was signed into law by President Obama in October 2009, criminalizes so-called â€œbiasâ€ crimes motivated by a personâ€™s â€œactual or perceivedâ€ â€œsexual orientationâ€ or â€œgender identity.â€Â Violators of the Act are subject to ten years in prison.
In February 2010, Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, and Michigan-based pastors Levon Yuille, Rene Ouellette, and James Combs filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, challenging the Actâ€™s constitutionality.