Saturday, August 29, 2009
Senator Kennedy had championed gay equality; repealing DADT will be harder without his leadership
The media has commented that the late Senator Edward Kennedy championed equal rights for gays, carry on the tradition of JFK that had started with civil rights by race and nationality. A typical article is in Top Magazine, published Aug. 27, here.
He opposed Robert Bork’s (“Slouching Toward Gomorrah”) nomination to the Supreme Court.
Today President Barack Obama alluded to Senator Kennedy’s support for equality at the funeral when he mentioned "the servicemember who is discriminated against or excluded because of who she loves".
An article by Patricia Murphy in Politics Daily (“Without Kennedy, Gays in the Military looks for a champion”) notes that, without Senator Kennedy’s activity in the Senate during his illness, movement in the Senate to help support the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” has stalled somewhat, with the reference here.