FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, Judy Shepard, left, and her husband Dennis Shepard, right, speak at a law enforcement roundtable on improving the identification and reporting of hate crimes at Department of Justice in Washington. The parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights. The criticism came Wednesday, during a Justice Department ceremony focused on a hate-crimes law named after their son. Matthew Shepard was killed in 1998. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Matthew Shepard's parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

October 16, 2019 - 2:04 pm

The parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights.

The criticism came Wednesday during a Justice Department ceremony focused on a hate-crimes law named after their son.

Shepard was killed in 1998. Eleven years later, a law was enacted expanding the federal hate crimes law to include crimes based on a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Shepard's parents assailed Barr in part because the Justice Department argued last week before the Supreme Court that employers should be able to fire employees because they are transgender.

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