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03/14/2014

Is MassResistance seriously using the Kennedys (including Teddy?!) to support their discrimination?

by Jeremy Hooper

At the end of its diatribe against politicians who refuse to march in Boston's LGBT-exclusionary St. Patrick's Day Parade and support for the discrimination onto which this parade continues to glom, Bay State anti-LGBT group MassResistance closes with this photo and caption:

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[MassResistance]

Might I remind you that the late Ted Kennedy was one of the biggest LGBT rights champions the U.S. Senate has ever known—and he got there early. Bobby was of course assassinate long before LGBT rights made its way into the national conversation in a big way, but his progeny have firmly attached his values, legacy, and namesake center to the equality cause. Most every other member of the Kennedy family is an outspoken supporter.

Was LGBT activism on Bobby and Teddy's minds while marching in this 1968 parade? Unlikely. But it was much closer to their minds than was MassResistance's ignoble calls for exclusion. And if both men were alive today, few of us question as to which side of history both men would be marching.

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