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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the internment of Matthew Shepard:

“Today, Matthew Shepard was interred at Washington National Cathedral where his family and guests from around the world can visit and honor his life in a safe and welcoming location.

“Matthew’s brutal murder shocked the country and fueled a nationwide effort to address anti-gay violence and secure basic protection and civil rights for LGBT Americans. We’ve made significant progress in the 20 years since Matthew’s death —passing landmark hate crimes legislation, ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and achieving marriage equality. But there’s a lot left to do.

“Unfortunately, instead of moving the nation forward, the Trump administration is aggressively working to roll back basic civil rights. The Justice Department has argued that federal civil rights laws don’t protect gay or transgender workers, and that businesses can refuse to serve LGBT customers. The president has sought to ban transgender people from serving in the military, and his Department of Education has withdrawn protections for transgender students in schools.

“Top Trump officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are currently working to erase federal recognition for LGBT people. These actions put millions of Americans and their families at risk and must be stopped. We’ll only preserve the progress we’ve made if we keep fighting for it.”