Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been named the recipient of this year's John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his support of the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States after the Paris attacks.
Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, on Monday credited Malloy with taking "a stand against the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric" when some governors and presidential candidates sought a ban on Syrian refugees. He says the Democratic governor could have chosen the politically expedient course and remained silent on the issue.
Malloy also personally welcomed to Connecticut a Syrian family that had been turned away from Indiana.
Malloy is scheduled to receive the award May 1 in Boston.
Former Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. received the award in 1992 for ushering in the personal income tax.
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