Another GOP Senator Endorses Gay Marriage
Mark Kirk becomes second to do so
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
In this 2012 file photo, Republican Men. Mark Kirk of Illinois speaks about his recovery from a major stroke.   (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Bill Zars, File)

(Newser) – Mark Kirk just became the second Republican senator to come out in support of gay marriage, BuzzFeed reports. "Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited," he wrote on his website today. "Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back—government has no place in the middle." Kirk, from Illinois, follows Rob Portman in switching positions; a third GOP senator, Lisa Murkowski, hasn't switched yet, but says her views are "evolving."

Another Democratic senator, Tom Carper from Delaware, also endorsed same-sex marriage today, the Washington Post reports. On his Facebook page, Carper cited the Golden Rule as his reason. With Carper's change of heart and Bob Casey's yesterday, just seven Democratic senators remain who have not endorsed gay marriage. On Slate, David Weigel speculates who might be next: Probably Florida's Bill Nelson, who isn't up for re-election until 2018 and is from a state that has voted Obama. Click for the rest of his predictions.

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Apr 3, 2013 6:57 AM CDT
" [F]undamental rights exist philosophically and legally at the individual level and are not dependent upon the existence of government ..." Thus, there is no right that compels any government to recognize the marriage of same sex couples in a civil, religious or other ceremony, unless condoned by a state. They may cohabitate, have sexual relations, and even personally consider themselves to be married. but no fundamental right by any government has been created to recognize such a marriage. There have been no previous cases in which a fundamental right for same sex marriage has been brought before SCOTUS, only the rights of same sex couples to cohabitate and have sexual relations. Marriage has been the responsibility of the states since our nation's founding, and no Federal right has ever been conferred, notwithstanding the claims of others post on this forum. Most supporters of such marriage do so on an emotional basis, but not on a legal basis. SCOTUS has long ago determined this is not a 14th Amendment issue. Of course, any decision determining this as an equal protection issue would open the floodgates to all kinds of marriage situations. Utah's and other states' Constitutions prohibitions against polygamy would become invalid. Those provisions were mandated by the Federal Government precisely for them to become states as a matter of law.
Apr 3, 2013 2:56 AM CDT
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Apr 3, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
...and the evangelical will sing, "Another One Bites the Dust." Let's see if their tentacles reach Delaware.