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Watch: Rep. Patrick Kennedy Says He's Leaving Politics


Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) announced Friday he won't be seeking re-election in a two-minute web video that highlighted the personal difficulties he's faced recently and said he'd be working for causes fighting depression, addiction autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder going forward.

The LGBT community has lost an ally.

DC Agenda reports: "In 1996, he was among 67 House members to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. He also voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006. Kennedy has co-sponsored hate crimes protections bills since at least 2001, and voted in favor of passing the legislation in 2007 and 2009. Kennedy has also co-sponsored versions of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since his first year in Congress and voted for the bill in 2007. The lawmaker has co-sponsored numerous other pro-LGBT bills, including the Uniting American Families Act and the Domestic Partnership Benefits & Obligations Act as well as legislation that would repeal DOMA and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”...Kennedy voiced his support for marriage rights for same-sex couples in a statement when he announced in 2008 he would be a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus."

Down in Washington, the Kennedys have now, as they say, left the building.

Watch his message, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Palin just put a "notch" in her Pyre post...

    FYI, To all the "Situations" out there
    Pyre: wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite.

    Posted by: Marcito | Feb 12, 2010 7:27:44 AM

  2. He might be a friend, but he's an embarrassment and an idiot. I'm glad there are no Kennedys in office. Their reign is over.

    Posted by: Name | Feb 12, 2010 7:46:50 AM

  3. What a shame. Sorry to see him go.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 12, 2010 7:53:45 AM

  4. Looks like he's sitting in a rather naff soft furnishing store...

    Posted by: arch | Feb 12, 2010 8:24:21 AM

  5. It is time for a congress with no Kennedys. Ted is dead and Pats packing up. It is a new era. We need the fresh air!

    Posted by: Leo Shaver | Feb 12, 2010 10:35:32 AM

  6. So this drug addict and alcoholic is a 'friend' of the gay community???????????? The best thing about his resignation is that there will be NO MORE Kennedy's in power! Oh happy day! No more Princess Caroline either! Yippee!

    Posted by: Sharon | Feb 12, 2010 4:29:42 PM

  7. Wow. Get a grip, Sharon.

    Posted by: rafi | Feb 12, 2010 5:01:12 PM

  8. I am Rafi! Fresh air is on the horizon! Oh happy day!

    Posted by: Sharon | Feb 12, 2010 6:46:26 PM

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