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Senator Ted Kennedy is being remembered as a champion for human rights, including for those in the gay and lesbian communities.

Joe Solmonese knew the Senator as a resident of Massachusetts, a fellow dog walker at the local dog park, and as President of the Human Rights Campaign. "There is not to my knowledge a gay person in his family, or a personal circumstance that motivated his advocacy, but rather the success of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and our rights was inexplicably tied to the direction of this country."

He remembers the battles the late Senator waged on the Senate floor, saying, "He was the first and the loudest voice advocating for and protecting our community in the earliest days of the aids epidemic." Solmonesesays it will take not one, but a number of people, to fill Kennedy's role as crusader for human rights.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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