A North Carolina congresswoman under fire for calling claims that a Wyoming man was killed because he was gay a "hoax" says she should have selected her words more carefully.
Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx said during debate in the House that the 1998 death of Matthew Shepard shouldn't be used to justify a hate crimes bill because it wasn't a hate crime. Foxx said Shepard was killed during a robbery.
Foxx later called her comments "a poor choice of words."
The bill approved by the House would expand a federal hate crimes law to include acts motivated by sexual orientation.
Gay rights supporters were critical of Foxx. Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis said Foxx's comments were "unreal, unbelievable."