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Bridget Johnson


April 2, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Citing his new outlook on life after his January 2012 stroke, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) today became the second sitting Republican senator, after Rob Portman (R-Ohio), to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Kirk returned to the 113th Congress after intensive rehabilitation.

“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 today.

“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.”

Republican LGBT group GOProud hailed Kirk’s announcement.

“Like millions of Americans, Senator Mark Kirk has thought about his position on marriage and come to the conclusion that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage equality,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud. “…We thank Senator Kirk for joining a growing chorus of voices across the political spectrum who are standing up for marriage equality.”

Kirk said in 2010 that he supported civil unions but not gay marriage, yet advocated not allowing “a federal takeover of all marriage law in the United States.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I disagree with Sen. Kirk: I think life is too short to embrace bad ideas just to make myself feel better.
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" same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage equality,”

Only couples? What a bunch of bigots.
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When you come out for gay marriage when you are gay is that considered redundant?
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