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Caroline Kennedy backs same-sex marriage

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy, now seeking Hillary Clinton's New York Senate seat, said through a spokesman Saturday she supports gay marriage.

Kennedy's staff responded to eight questions on her views submitted by Politico. She refused to answer one, whether she would support the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York in 2009 over the independent incumbent, Michael Bloomberg.

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The 51-year-old daughter of assassinated President John F. Kennedy has generally stayed out of the limelight for most of her adult life and only recently reverted to using her family name instead of her husband's, Schlossberg. She became involved in the presidential campaign, joining her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, to back Barack Obama.

Kennedy gave vague or non-committal answers to some of Politico's questions. Asked about how to deal with the financial crisis, she said only that she looks forward to developing legislation to protect investors.

But she was unequivocal on her support of "full equality and marriage rights" for homosexuals. On marriage, she broke with Obama, who opposes amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage but also opposes legalizing those marriages.

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