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Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk backs gay marriage
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By Pat Cunningham
April 2, 2013 5:20 p.m.

THIS is big news, but it doesn’t really surprise me:

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced his support for same-sex marriage Tuesday, becoming the second Republican senator to do so after his colleague Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) embraced marriage equality last month.

“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 posted to his blog.

“Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage,” he continued. “Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than ...

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