Politics
5:50 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Sen. Kirk supports same-sex marriage

  Another prominent Illinois Republican has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. U-S Senator Mark Kirk made his announcement on his website Tuesday. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey has more:   Kirk framed his support for same-sex marriage in light of his debilitating stroke last year.He says, "Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most." He says, "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 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.

 "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.