Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Tuesday became the second Republican senator to voice support for same-sex marriage.
Kirk, who suffered a severe stroke last year and returned to the chamber in January, said “government has no place in the middle” of two people in love, regardless of gender.
“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.”