Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has endorsed marriage equality, making him the second Republican in the Senate to do so. With Vice President Joe Biden the tie-breaker, this marks the first time that a majority in the U.S. Senate has endorsed same-sex marriage.
Kirk posted on his blog Tuesday: “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. 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.”
Though Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts claimed that week that “political leaders are falling all over themselves” to support marriage equality, Kirk and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) are the only sitting Senate Republicans to date who have done so. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said last week she is “evolving” on the issue.
With Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)’s endorsement earlier Tuesday, 48 members of Senate Democratic caucus have announced their support for marriage equality.
Meet the 50 Senators who support marriage equality: