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Wyoming mother an enduring figure for gay rights

Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime against a gay person and has spawned anti-hate legislation, books, plays and movies. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime...more

Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime against a gay person and has spawned anti-hate legislation, books, plays and movies. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime against a gay person and has spawned anti-hate legislation, books, plays and movies. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime...more

Judy Shepard, mother of 21-year-old murder victim Matthew Shepard, poses for a portrait in the Brooklyn borough of New York February 17, 2013. Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998, is one of the most highly publicized cases of a hate-crime against a gay person and has spawned anti-hate legislation, books, plays and movies. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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