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Family Research Council: Matthew Shepard story 'fiction'

More BS from the Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council, via PageOneQ. Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in 1998, and we’ve got the right wingers already doing revisionist history.

Washington Update, a publication of the right wing organization, The Family Research Council, has likened a story about the murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 to Brokeback Mountain, a fictional short story written published by The New Yorker, PageOneQ has found.

Under a headline, “From the 9th Circus,” an apparent reference to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, FRC president Tony Perkins condemned the Court for ruling that a shirt with the phrase “Homosexuality is Shameful Romans 1:27,” printed on it was inflammatory speech.

…In the ruling (available here), Judge Stephen Reinhardt refers to Judge Alex Kozinski’s dissenting opinion (available here), recommending that the dissenting Judge turn to the film Brokeback Mountain and the television production The Matthew Shepard Story, “as evidence of the harmful effects of anti-gay harassment…”

Mr. Perkins, of the Family Research Council, took quotes from the story above and wrote that the Court took pointed to, “Hollywood’s Brokeback Mountain and The Matthew Shepard Story – two works of fiction.”

PageOneQ has the ridiculous complete statement by Tony Perkins.

More revisionism on the Shepard case:

* NYT details Matthew Shepard 20/20 piece: McKinney is a self-loathing bisexual, so it isn’t a hate crime

* It was a smear — 20/20 on Matthew Shepard

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