U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’s proud that his colleague in the Senate came out in support of same-sex marriage. Durbin calls the decision by Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) to support gay marriage important and historic. “For him to step out, only the second Republican senator to publicly make this statement, was an extraordinary move on his part,” Durbin said.
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So will Kirk’s support of same-sex marriage sway other lawmakers? Durbin says it could. “It will give some momentum behind a bi-partisan effort to reach marriage equality in this country,” Durbin said. There is marriage equality legislation in Springfield that passed in the Senate and is now awaiting a vote in the House.