Illinois senator Mark Kirk has joined Ohio senator Rob Portman as the second sitting Republican senator to come out in support of marriage equality.
"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 wrote on his blog today, after taking a break from his duties to recover from a stroke. "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."
According to Freedom To Marry's Evan Wolfson, Kirk is the 50th senator to voice support for marriage equality. "Senator Kirk's heartfelt words about values of treating others as we'd all want to be treated in our precious time on this planet powerfully make the case for the freedom to marry — and the need for decision-makers to end marriage discrimination in the United States," Wolfson said.