Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of Dignity USA writes of Ted Kennedy :
"He treated LGBT people and our families like any other Americans: as individuals and families deserving of dignity, respect, access to basic human necessities, and fairness under the law. He used his legislative seniority and political acumen effectively on our behalf. He will be sorely missed.
Senator Kennedy was a man of the people and did what he thought was right. He knew that his stances on LGBT issues were not in line with those espoused by Catholic Church hierarchy, but his positions were always in line with the views of the majority of Catholics throughout this country."