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NEW BILERICO--A great light has gone out: R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Please read my newest Bilerico post, A great light has gone out: R.I.P. Ted Kennedy.

Few Senators draw such strong emotional reactions from folks as Senator Ted Kennedy. He was almost more of an idea than a person. At least to most Americans. He was the Liberal Lion of the Senate who refused to back down or compromise his beliefs. Love him or hate him though, he was more than a metaphor--he was a father, brother, son, husband, uncle and he was a True Patriot. He loved this great nation of ours dearly and dedicated his entire life tirelessly to it. No one was as much of a constant and conspicuous presence on the hallowed floor of our Capitol as Ted Kennedy.

Ted Kennedy passed away at 77 from brain cancer last night in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts--a state he spent the vast majority of his adult life in service of--he was one of only six U.S. Senators to serve more than 40 years.

Kennedy was a ferocious fighter for healthcare and bills that expanded access to American institutions to all Americans. He fought for immigrants, the poor, the unemployed, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly and children to make more real every day the promise of our nation.

For those of us in the gay community, however, Ted Kennedy's death will leave a huge hole. Few Congressional allies have fought as fiercely for us on the Hill...

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