I’ve trash talked a lot of Republicans on here, so I just wanted to take this time to post some good GOP news for a change. Mark Kirk, Republican from Illinois, is the second sitting senator to support 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,” he said. “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.”
I was cynical when Rob Portman (R-Ohio) “came out,” because though I was happy that there were finally Republicans in office supporting equality, I was frustrated that he seemed to be only doing it because he had a gay son. As though he (like Cheney) wasn’t able to put himself in other people’s shoes unless it effected his life or his family.
I hope that more Republican Senators will show themselves to be as brave and fair-minded as Senators Portman and Kirk. And I hope that it won’t take a near-death experience to get them there. Feel better, Senator Kirk. And thank you.