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IL-Senate Campaign Fri Jan 01 2010

Second Thoughts On Martin, Kirk, And Gay Rights

I may have spoken too soon on the question of whether Andy Martin's accusation of Mark Kirk being gay will hurt him. My rethinking began while I was reading James Warren's column. In it he writes:

Mr. Kirk, who is divorced, voted against a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and supported legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


I predict Kirk's voting record on gay rights will come up a lot more--perhaps everytime the topic is written about-- and whether the piece encourages or refutes Martin's accusation, Kirk's pro-gay rights voting record will be called to attention everytime. That won't play well with the conservative base which Kirk has shown he values.

(Crossposted)

 
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Slats / January 2, 2010 9:57 AM

Opposing the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell is not considered pro-gay rights, as far as I can tell.

Daniel Strauss / January 3, 2010 1:43 PM

I wasn't aware that Kirk opposed the repeal of DADT. Even so, his stance on gay rights are mixed which I'm sure the conservative base isn't thrilled about.

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