Sen. Mark Kirk became the second Republican senator in as many months to declare his support for gay marriage. But he's a moderate from a solidly blue state.
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Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is now the second Republican in the US Senate to support gay marriage. Senator Kirk made the announcement via his Senate blog Tuesday, saying “life comes down to who you love and who loves you back – government has no place in the middle.”
Like Senator Portman, whose gay son prompted his change in stance on the issue, Kirk framed his reversal on his personal life. He suggested his return to the Senate after a year absence following a major stroke played a role in his decision.
“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.… Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most,” he wrote.