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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Another Republican US Senator Backs Marriage Equality

Posted by on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois:

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. 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.

Kirk is the second Republican Senator to back marriage equality. Somewhere Mike Huckabee is shitting himself.


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Pope Peabrain 1
We already know evangelicals will vote for a Mormon. Their standards aren't so fucking high as they try to make us believe. And we already know they'd support someone who would destroy the economy and sink us to all time lows in the opinion of the world. Maybe they should just get the fuck out of politics altogether and do everyone a favor. Huckabee included.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM · Report this
treacle 2
"Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back— government has no place in the middle."

Hear, hear!

And religion can butt out too, imho.
Posted by treacle on April 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Cracker Jack 3
"And it's not because there's an anti-homosexual mood, and nobody's homophobic that I know of," he continued,

Nope, no homophobes there, Huckster says so!
Posted by Cracker Jack on April 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM · Report this
Kevin_BGFH 4
@1 - Yup, precisely. In the primaries, evangelicals were screeching that Romney needed to be blocked because Mormons were satanic. After he got the nomination, they went back to claiming that Christian, church-going Obama was the Antichrist.
Posted by Kevin_BGFH on April 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 5
I'd say it's more likely that David Vitter is shitting himself.
Posted by Asparagus! on April 2, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
raindrop 6
Cracks in the democratic gay-vote monopoly.
Posted by raindrop on April 2, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Bob Casey of PA, who is a Democrat but a devout Catholic, also endorsed it yesterday. He was for civil unions before, but he came out for full marriage equality yesterday.
Posted by Sheryl on April 2, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
@6 You wish!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
raindrop 9
@8: Don't worry, cracks can take a very long time to cause damage. I'm sure you'll be long dead and buried before then.
Posted by raindrop on April 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Mark Kirk is gay gay gay gay GAY. Seriously, he actually is gay. This is about as courageous and Marmaduke endorsing dog food.
Posted by Anon ee mouse on April 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Huckabee has Santorum in the mix?
Posted by BOPS on April 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM · Report this
raindrop 12
Where's my manners? Make that "...we'll be long dead and buried ..." in @9
Posted by raindrop on April 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM · Report this
As Dan has said many times:

We're winning.
Posted by Brett Alan on April 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
the change in opinion on gay rights/equality is amazing. other causes should take a lesson:

-if you hide yourself and don't come forward, don't expect middle america to get you or feel from you. Yes, I am talking to you, pot smokers.
-shifting from "you are violating my minority rights" to "we too recognize and value common norms like you the majority particularly the value of [fill in the blank: marriage/family/lberty/freedom/opportunity/responsibility] is key.
--result: you now defined opponents as The Other/Villains and us and the soon to be majority as the Heros upholding American values and norms, woo hoo.

These little morality tales work far better than logic and reason. Gun control folks also should take heed.
Posted by messagestratergy on April 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
treacle 15
,,According to a current study, since 2007 Republican lawmakers have tried to torpedo more than 70 percent of all bills before they were even put to a vote. This applied to only 27 percent of proposed legislation in the 1980s, and only 8 percent in the 1960s. "This level of obstruction is extremely unusual," Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, told Newsweek. "And the core of the problem is the GOP." '' (der Spiegel)
Posted by treacle on April 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM · Report this
I'm convinced that the Hukster shits himself for no reason at all. Churchy con-artist types tend to have a lot of dirty habits. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Posted by kwodell on April 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM · Report this
debug 17
GOP has been stupid on this issue from the beginning. Should have pushed 'civil marriage' fairness and could have still emphasized how it has nothing to do with 'real marriage under god'.

By linking them together it's a no win.
Posted by debug on April 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM · Report this
pdonahue 18
Marriage is a conservative issue, of course the GOP is caving on same sex marriage, they are hearing from young people that its a new demographic that they can win to their side. Better to assimilate the LGBT conservative community than keep turning away new talent (and money) when they sorely need it.
Posted by pdonahue on April 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Report this

I'm happy about it. Also annoyed. Could it be any more obvious the anti-homos are beginning to do this solely because they lost the gay vote last fall, and fear for the future of their party with the under 30 crowd? Portman's kid came out to him 2 years ago. Yet he didn't care about gay marriage starting two years ago? 18 months ago? A year? It was only immediately *after* his party had it's ass handed to them?

Again, happy they are feeling the pressure and publicly beginning to side with us. But they fucking disgust me otherwise.

Posted by Velvetbabe on April 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this

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