Caroline Kennedy support equal marriage rights.

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    Dec 21, 2008 1:11 PM GMT
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/12/21/2008-12-21_senatehopeful_caroline_kennedy_talks_gay.html

    "Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples," Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman said.

    She and Obama do agree on one big thing - both feel invading Iraq was a big mistake.
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    Dec 21, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    OutdoorMutt saidhttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/12/21/2008-12-21_senatehopeful_caroline_kennedy_talks_gay.html

    "Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples," Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman said.

    She and Obama do agree on one big thing - both feel invading Iraq was a big mistake.
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    Dec 22, 2008 12:21 AM GMT
    The Buffalo NewsOn gun control: She supports gun control efforts and specifically wants restored the ban on assault weapons that was lifted during the Bush administration.
    On gay marriage: She supports "full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples."

    On the death penalty: She opposes the death penalty.

    On Iraq: Kennedy "supports President-elect Obama's plan to work with our military leaders to begin a responsible withdrawal."

    On trade: The North American Free Trade Agreement has had "unintended consequences in some regions of New York and that is why she agrees with President-elect Obama that we need to take a careful look at the agreement and pay particular attention to its impact on jobs and wages in American manufacturing communities," the aide wrote.

    On health care: Kennedy, like her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, says expanding the availability of health insurance "is one of the nation's most urgent priorities." Without saying how she would pay for it, Kennedy believes a program must ensure lower costs for all payers and improvements in quality.

    On tax cuts: Tax cuts created during the Bush White House should be rolled back for wealthy taxpayers. "However, with the economy so fragile, now is not the time," Friedman wrote.

    On the upstate economy: Kennedy noted the "suffering" in upstate, and the departures of young people, whom she described as "our most precious resource." She said the first step is for Congress to pass Obama's economic stimulus plan, which she believes will create jobs by investing in infrastructure projects, such as roads and schools.

    On energy: She believes a comprehensive package is needed, with a focus on alternative energies, such as wind, solar and bio-fuel.

    On education: Kennedy has been touting her ties to education. For several years, she has been involved in efforts to raise money for New York City public schools. Kennedy believes the federal No Child Left Behind law must be reformed. She did not say how.

    Kennedy supports charter schools and opposes private school vouchers. As for merit pay for teachers based on student performance, Kennedy believes "programs should be developed cooperatively with schools and teachers, as was done in New York City's public schools," Friedman wrote.


    I fail to see how she is remotely qualified for the Senate though I like many of her positions. I'm still holding out for Brian Higgins,
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    Dec 22, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    I am so sick of these Kennedys and Clintons trying to take over this countrey. They'd turn this place into Sodam and Gomorrah!

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    Dec 22, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Yes, the Kennedy's and Clinton's are notoriously inhospitable to desert travelers.
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    Dec 22, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie said



    I fail to see how she is remotely qualified for the Senate though I like many of her positions.


    Of course it's easy for her to take lots of appealing positions if her biggest problem in life is deciding whose Upper East Side dinner party invitations are worthy of acceptance. If she'd actually had to run for some office or other, she might have suffered the inconvenience of having to curry favor with voters by pandering a little and taking a position that might be disliked by the New York Times.

    She is probably a nice person, and of course her parents and late brother were fabulous, but her candidacy reminds us why hereditary monarchy isn't workable here.

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    Dec 22, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    Fine words, but I'll be more impressed when these Dems don't cave when push comes to shove. Clinton caved (on DADT & DOMA), Obama has already caved (picking Warren).

    I have to vote for Dems because they're a better alternative to the totally homophobic Repubs. But neither are they our champions, hardly even our friends.

    A few perhaps, but when it comes to actually passing gay-friendly legislation, or opposing anti-gay forces, as a group they are fair-weather friends. They're happy to have our support, but not the association. We'll see whether Caroline Kennedy is any better.
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    jffrsnndisc0rlnss saidI am so sick of these Kennedys and Clintons trying to take over this countrey. They'd end up turning this place into Sodam and Gomorrah!

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    It's worth repeating.
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    Dec 23, 2008 1:29 PM GMT
    jffrsnndisc0rlnss saidI am so sick of these Kennedys and Clintons trying to take over this countrey. They'd turn this place into Sodam and Gomorrah!

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    Ya, think she would do any worse than Bush! Give us a break.

    Plus, I had so many fantasies about being married to her brother, at least for an hour or two, now I know she would have approved.
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    jffrsnndisc0rlnss said
    jffrsnndisc0rlnss saidI am so sick of these Kennedys and Clintons trying to take over this countrey. They'd end up turning this place into Sodam and Gomorrah!

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    It's worth repeating.


    What does that even mean?
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    Dec 23, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidFine words, but I'll be more impressed when these Dems don't cave when push comes to shove. Clinton caved (on DADT & DOMA), Obama has already caved (picking Warren).

    I have to vote for Dems because they're a better alternative to the totally homophobic Repubs. But neither are they our champions, hardly even our friends.

    A few perhaps, but when it comes to actually passing gay-friendly legislation, or opposing anti-gay forces, as a group they are fair-weather friends. They're happy to have our support, but not the association. We'll see whether Caroline Kennedy is any better.


    That is remarkably unfair to the Democrats. They are walking a fine political line that requires them to often be openly dishonest. A great example would be John Kerry attending the wedding ceremony of two of his close gay friends in Massachusetts and the very next weekend denouncing gay marriage on Meet The Press.

    As leaders, they are required to make choices that are acceptable to the country as a whole, and not just to one group of people.

    Clinton did not "cave" on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. His failure to secure his initial goals can be blamed more so on his lack of experience as a Washington insider.

    And his signing of DOMA was, in a way, the appropriate thing to do at the time. Without DOMA, which forces these battles to be conducted on a state-by-state basis, we would be facing an opponent that is even more unified, radical, and dangerous.