* From a press release…
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana:
“I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”
* Senator Kirk was one of 11 Republican senators to vote for the Schatz Amendment to grant married same-sex couples full access to Social Security and veterans benefits.
* Last month, Senator Kirk signed an amicus brief, filed in the DeBoer v. Snyder case before the Supreme Court, in support of same-sex couples’ right to marry.
* In 2013, Senator Kirk was the second Republican senator to voice support for same-sex marriage.
* Senator Kirk was the lead Republican sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which passed the Senate in the 113th Congress.
It’s your turn, Gov. Rauner.
*** UPDATE *** Rauner did say something today…
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s troubled by what he’s read about the situation in Indiana.
“I believe Illinois has struck the right balance between religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws and I support Illinois’ position on these issues,” Rauner said.
Rauner says he believes this law will open the door for discriminatory behavior and that would be bad.