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Republican Mark Kirk Becomes 50th Sitting Senator to Endorse Marriage Equality

HRC today celebrated the announcements by Sens. Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware, and Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, that they support marriage equality.  Kirk is the second current Republican Senator to support marriage for gay and lesbian couples and with his announcement, half of the United States Senate supports marriage equality.  Both Kirk and Carper represent states where legislatures are currently considering marriage equality bills.
"Senator Kirk and Senator Carper have shown tremendous leadership in announcing their support for marriage equality," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "It is a sign of our progress that so many of their colleagues are showing the same political will. Democrat or Republican, there can simply be no excuse for standing on the wrong side of history when it comes to this basic question of justice."

Read the statements by Senator Kirk and Senator Carper.

Sen. Kirk

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