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Mark Kirk: Movie ‘Lincoln’ influenced support of gay marriage
Audio courtesy of Illinois Radio Network
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said on Tuesday that the movie “Lincoln” helped persuade him to support gay marriage but he still believes it should remain a state issue.
In an interview with Illinois Radio Network, the Republican who made national headlines today by becoming the second U.S. Senate Republican to change his stance and support same sex marriage, explained that he saw parallels between freedoms that Abraham Lincoln fought for and gay rights issues.
“I must say I was pretty influenced by the latest movie by Steven Spielberg about Abraham Lincoln. You just think as a Republican leader, my job is to make sure that each generation is more free and has more dignity as an individual which is a unique gift of the United states to the world. The thought of treating a whole bunch of people just because of who they love differently is in my view against that Lincoln tradition, which was brought so well to life by the movie,” Kirk said, according to audio of the interview IRN provided to the Sun-Times.
“I thought the country was ready for it,” Kirk said. “The gay community is larger than it ever has been before. And it’s not in the 1950s closet, so most of of us have gay acquaintances at work or at church and we know them. And the thought of discriminating against our own friends and coworkers is an anathema to me.”
As for whether same sex marriage could become legal in Illinois, Kirk gave a yes.
“I think from what I’ve seen in my talks with Chris Radogno, it would appear that it’s coming soon,” he said in the radio interview. “I do prefer states doing this. I would hope we would restrain our appetite for power in Washington and not take over marriage law for the whole country.”