Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today joined Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in the most exclusive of clubs. They are the only two Republicans in the U.S. Senate to publicly support marriage equality. And Kirk did so with an eloquence I wish some of their moderate Republican colleagues would emulate.
“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,” Kirk said in a statement. “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said last month that she was “evolving” on the issue. “We have so many issues in this country to focus on that worry us,” she told the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, “that I question why there is such focus on the simple right of people to love whom they will.” Oh, Murkowski came so very close. Until she takes the plunge and says “I do” to same-sex marriage, her embrace of equal protection for the families of married same-sex couples won’t be complete.
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