I wanted to write about President Obama signing The Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. I've been thinking about it all day... thinking about the significance of it, thinking about the victims of hate crimes based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity that I've known about, heard about, researched over the years. Thinking about their faces, their stories. I'm very happy this law passed and is signed in my beloved USA. I'm so grateful that my country seems to be returning to it's best self and beginning to once again manifest its destiny as a great country based on equality and justice grounded in the rule of law. Late this afternoon I received the official public statement of my friend and colleague Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. It is so eloquent and so well written that I've decided simply to reprint it here for your edification. Thanks be to God we have arrived at a day when there is a minimum protection for people to look the way they want to look and love who they love. This law will not stop hate crimes from happening just as desegregation laws did not desegregate society. But it will at least severely and significantly punish people who perpetrate them on a wider basis than before. And I have to believe that will ultimately make a difference in how our society understands gender identity and sexual orientation.