Kirk Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

image source: Senator Kirk's officeAnother prominent Illinois Republican has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk made his announcement Tuesday.

Kirk framed his support for same-sex marriage in light of his debilitating stroke last year.

“Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most,” Kirk wrote. “Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.”

Kirk is only the fourth Republican member of Congress to publicly endorse same-sex marriage.

Gregory T. Angelo, director of the pro-gay-rights Log Cabin Republicans, welcomed the news. He says opposing same-sex marriage is a long-term loser for the GOP.

ANGELO: “The fact that there is an ongoing dialogue on this issue in the Republican Party, the fact that the GOP is not squelching debate and discussion about this, I think shows that we need to allow ourselves as a party to get past lockstep opposition to marriage equality.”

The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party also endorsed same-sex marriage, and has since been fighting off attempts to remove him.

Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Illinois Senate with just one Republican voting “yes.” That measure is pending in the Illinois House.

— Brian Mackey

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