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    GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Backs Gay Nuptials

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03:  Nearly a year after suffering an major stroke, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) (2nd L) waves to friends and supporters as he marks his return to the Senate by walking up the steps to the Senate door with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) , U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) (2nd R) and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kirk has spent the last 10 months learning to walk again after suffering a stroke on January 23, 2012.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Chip Somodevilla

    Rob Portman has company. Illinois’s Mark Kirk became the second Republican senator to publicly endorse gay marriage, saying that a recent stroke changed his views. “Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most,” Kirk wrote in a statement. “Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back—government has no place in the middle.” Kirk has a moderate record, including recent support for gun control.  

    Read it at The Chicago Tribune