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Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Gives First Floor Speech Since 2012 Stroke, in Support of ENDA: VIDEO

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Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) was one of seven Republican Senators who voted to invoke cloture this evening on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would protect LGBT citizens in the work place.

It was Kirk's first floor speech since a debilitating 2012 stroke.

Said Kirk:

"I have been silent for the past two years due to a stroke, under two years ago. I have risen to speak because I believe so passionately in enacting the ENDA statute. This is not a major change to law. I would say it is already the law in 21 states. I think it’s particularly appropriate for an Illinois Republican to speak on behalf of this measure, in the true tradition of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln — men who gave us the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 13th amendment to the Constitution. With that, I would suggest the absence of a quorum.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Good for Sen. Kirk. He's come a long way since his stroke.

    Posted by: Albert | Nov 4, 2013 11:36:15 PM


  2. Protects LGBT and HETEROSEXUAL citizens in the work place.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Nov 4, 2013 11:52:31 PM


  3. That was inspirational.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 5, 2013 1:57:45 AM


  4. How come Republican Senators seem, on average, much more sane than their peers in the house ?

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 5, 2013 4:59:36 AM


  5. Gotta say it - rumors about him being gay are very widespread here in Illinois and his ex wife has done nothing to quash that. His opposition to the repeal of DADT and DOMA may have been weighing on him at the time of his stroke. Can't call it cause and effect - he probably had an unlucky clot. But still. Being a gay Republican in his position wouldn't be an easy life.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 5, 2013 5:48:44 AM


  6. @Mundus,

    The Senate was designed to be the "saner" house of our Congress. It doesn't mean that every Senator is sane, but that was design.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Nov 5, 2013 7:33:36 AM


  7. Sorry I am still not going to vote for him.

    Posted by: TerryBel | Nov 5, 2013 9:43:13 AM


  8. Many thanks, Phoenix Justice, for your kind response. As a European, I find much of the anti-LGBT animus in US politics incomprehensible.

    Posted by: Mundus | Nov 5, 2013 9:51:28 AM


  9. Mundus: How do you account for the vitriol and over-the-top homophobia in France?

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Nov 5, 2013 12:08:33 PM


  10. good for him

    Posted by: Glenn I | Nov 5, 2013 3:32:43 PM


  11. great thing that he did

    Posted by: reality | Nov 5, 2013 6:50:33 PM


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